World leaders express condolences after deadly stampede in S Korea

Seoul: US President Joe Biden, British Prime Minister Rishi Sunak, French President Emmanuel Macron and other world leaders express condolences and support to South Korea after a deadly stampede in Seoul’s Itaewon district that killed at least 151 people during Halloween celebrations on Saturday night.

“We grieve with the people of the Republic of Korea and send our best wishes for a quick recovery to all those who were injured,” Biden said in a statement. “The United States stands with the Republic of Korea during this tragic time.”

British Prime Minister Sunak said in a tweet, “All our thoughts are with those currently responding and all South Koreans at this very distressing time.”

India stands in solidarity with the Republic of Korea during this difficult time, Foreign Minister S Jaishankar said.

“Deeply shocked at the loss of so many young lives due to the stampede in Seoul. Our condolences to the families of those who lost their dear ones. We stand in solidarity with the Republic of Korea during this difficult time,” he tweeted.

In a message written in French and Korean, French President Emmanuel Macron said, “I extend my condolences to the citizens of Seoul and the Korean people in the Itaewon disaster. France is by your side.”

German Chancellor Olaf Scholz said in a tweet that his country is “deeply saddened by the tragic events in Seoul,” calling it “a sad day for South Korea.”

US National Security Adviser Jake Sullivan wrote in a tweet that he hoped for “a quick recovery for those injured” in the “heartbreaking” accident and that the US “stands ready to provide the Republic of Korea with any support it needs.”

“On behalf of Canadians, I’m sending my deepest condolences to the people of South Korea today, following a deadly stampede in Seoul. I’m thinking of everyone affected by this tragedy, and wishing a fast and full recovery to those who were injured,” Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau tweeted.

At least 151 people were killed and 82 others injured in a stampede during Halloween celebrations in Seoul’s Itaewon district. Most of the victims were in their 20s.

The authorities said 97 women and 54 men were killed in the stampede and foreigners killed in the incident included those from Iran, Uzbekistan, China and Norway.

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