US: Maggie 'champion of liberty'

US President Barack Obama has led global tributes to Lady Thatcher, saying the "world has lost one of the great champions of freedom and liberty".

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Jimmy Carter: Thatcher was 'a principled leader'

Former US President Jimmy Carter said in a statement: "Rosalynn and I are deeply saddened to learn of the death of Margaret Thatcher. A principled leader, she was a strong ally for peace and human rights during my presidency.

Margaret Thatcher with Jimmy Carter in 1979. Credit: DPA/Press Association Images

"As prime minister, her government was in the forefront of those who stood with the United States on key concerns, including the need for the SALT treaty, a stronger NATO alliance, majority rule in Zimbabwe-Rhodesia, and efforts to bring the Iran hostages home peacefully.

"We extend our condolences to her family and the people of Great Britain on their loss."

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