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Reagan, Thatcher 'Political Soulmates,' Says Nancy Reagan

April 8, 2013
Reagan, Thatcher

Margaret Thatcher and former US president Ronald Reagan were "political soulmates" who together stared down the Soviet Union during the Cold War, former first lady Nancy Reagan said Monday.

"The world has lost a true champion of freedom and democracy," Nancy Reagan said, pointing to the "very special relationship" between Thatcher and Reagan "during one of the most difficult and pivotal periods in modern history."

"Ronnie and Margaret were political soul mates, committed to freedom and resolved to end Communism," Nancy Reagan said in a statement released by the Ronald Reagan Presidential Foundation and Library in California.

She praised Thatcher for standing by her beliefs and helping to bring about the collapse of the Soviet Union. Reagan called Thatcher a "dear and trusted friend" as well as "a spirited and courageous ally, and the world owes her a debt of gratitude."

Source: Copyright 2013 dpa Deutsche Presse-Agentur GmbH

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