Bush telephones Carter with congrats

White House-AP -- President Bush has telephoned Jimmy Carter to congratulate the ex-president on winning the Nobel Peace Prize.

Press Secretary Ari Fleischer reports Bush placed the call around 7 a-m, soon after the Nobel committee in Oslo made its announcement.

Fleischer called it a "friendly conversation", lasting a couple of minutes.

The committee honored Carter for his "untiring effort" to find peaceful solutions to world conflicts.

And the head of the committee said that wording should be seen as a "kick in the leg" of the current U-S administration, which is threatening Iraq with force.

Asked about that comment, Fleischer said he doesn't agree with the interpretation.

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