Obama and Kabul President Speak

KABUL (AP) - Presidents Hamid Karzai and Barack Obama have
spoken on the phone for the first time since Obama's inauguration.

Karzai's office says the U.S. president called Obama on Tuesday
- the same day Obama announced that 17,0000 more U.S. troops will
be sent to Afghanistan.

Karzai's office says the two presidents talked about security
issues and the Afghan presidential elections in August.

Karzai admitted last week that almost four weeks after Obama's
inauguration he still had not spoken with the U.S. leader. Karzai
spoke with former President George W. Bush regularly, fueling
speculation that Obama was sending a clear signal that Karzai's
standing with him was much lower.


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