Northern Ireland: Thatcher letter to Reagan (outrage at Harrods IRA bomb) [unclassified]
|Document type:||thatcher record|
|Venue:||10 Downing Street|
|Source:||Reagan Library: NSA Head of State File (Thatcher: Cables ) Box 35|
|Editorial comments:||Despatched 1045 GMT 21 Dec 1983. Unclassified.|
|Word count:||107 words|
|Themes:||Foreign policy (USA), Northern Ireland, Terrorism|
[Handwritten note by Robert McFarlane:]
We sent a condolence message in your name when the bombing occurred.
[Telegram initialled as seen by the President:]
I was most grateful for your kind message of sympathy about the terrorist outrage in London on Saturday. We were deeply distressed at the loss of life of one American citizen and injuries to others.
The public’s reaction has been the same as the government’s – that the fight against terrorism must go on and be won.