The Rt. Hon. Sir John Major KG CH

Prime Minister of Great Britain and Northern Ireland 1990-1997

1991Prime Minister (1990-1997)

Mr Major’s Doorstep Interview (2) Relating to Terry Waite – 18 November 1991

Below is Mr Major’s doorstep interview on Monday 18th November 1991 in London on the release of Terry Waite. This was the second doorstep interview of the day on the subject.



What new news do you have, Prime Minister?


I have heard in the last few moments that Mr. Waite is now in the hands of the Syrians and that the Syrians have invited the British Ambassador in Damascus to collect Mr. Waite from them at 8 o’clock our time this evening so it would seem he is well and will soon be back in our hands. All being well, I hope he will be able to fly to Akrotiri this evening and home shortly afterwards.


What is your reaction to that?


I’m absolutely delighted. It has been a long wait, a lot of effort has gone into it. I’m immensely grateful to the Secretary-General for what he has done. We have a successful outcome. I couldn’t be more pleased.