WASHINGTON — President Reagan today praised the rescue of Soviet sailors by U.S. Coast Guard helicopters as an example of cooperation that should be followed by world leaders.
"We must reach out to each other in good will, for we have no other alternative," Reagan said.
He spoke at a Rose Garden ceremony for the 37 Soviet sailors of the sunken freighter Komsomolets Kirgizii and the crews of the three Coast Guard helicopters that rescued them last Saturday.
In response, Soviet Charge d'Affaires Oleg Sokolov said the rescue "underscores a broader point: When our two nations . . . act in cooperation, in things big and small, it brings out the best in them, helps worthwhile and noble things happen."
Reagan, wearing a bright green tie for St. Patrick's Day, shook hands with the Soviets. Most of whom wore new shirts, ties and suits purchased for the occasion during a shopping expedition Monday.