LONDON -- Prime Minister John Major said Wednesday that allied troops were firmly in control of Kuwait City and added that the British ambassador might return to the recaptured British Embassy within a day.
Speaking to reporters outside his 10 Downing Street residence after meeting the Kuwait ambassador to London, the prime minister said large numbers of allied troops were in Kuwait City.
'I am delighted to confirm that Kuwait City is now entirely free,' he said.
He said British troops had retaken the British Embassy.
'They are cleaning it up and I hope very much that the British ambassador will be able to return very speedily, perhaps as early as tomorrow,' Major said.
Asked whether the war would continue much longer, Major said more fighting would probably be necessary.
'I hope that very soon the Iraqis will realize the impossibility of their position and fighting will be able to cease,' he said. 'But militarily things are proceeding very satisfactorily at the moment.'
Standing beside Major, the Kuwaiti ambassador to London, Ghazi Al- Rayes, thanked the allies for their help.
'This is a great moment for me to hear that Kuwait City has been liberated and the British ambassador is going soon to Kuwait,' he said. 'Thank you very much. We have seen the flag today rising up from the soil of Kuwait.'
Foreign Secretary Douglas Hurd was scheduled to travel to Washington Wednesday to confer with U.S. officials about allied policy for the future of the Persian Gulf region.