Prayut, Don send condolences to South Korea over Halloween tragedy


Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha expressed his condolences to the South Korean president over a weekend Halloween stampede in Seoul, which led to more than 150 deaths.

The Foreign Ministry said on its website on Tuesday that Prayut sent a message of condolence to South Korean President Yoon Suk-yeol.

“I am extremely saddened to learn of the Halloween stampede at Itaewon district on 29 October 2022 in Seoul, which resulted in the loss of many lives, including a Thai national,” Prayut said in the statement.

“On behalf of the Royal Thai Government and the people of Thailand, I wish to extend my heartfelt condolences to you, and through you, to the people of the Republic of Korea and the bereaved families who have lost their loved ones in this tragedy. Our thoughts are also with those injured for a speedy recovery.

“I am confident that under your leadership and supervision, the Government of the Republic of Korea will be able to return the situation to normalcy in due time. We in Thailand stand in solidarity with the Republic of Korea during this difficult time,” Prayut added.

Meanwhile, Foreign Minister Don Pramudwinai also sent a message to his South Korean counterpart Park Jin.

“I wish to express my deepest sympathy and condolences to your excellency on the tragic Halloween festivity at Itaewon district on 29 October 2022 in Seoul, which caused the loss of many lives and casualties of Koreans and foreigners, including a Thai national,” Don wrote.

“We in Thailand extend our heartfelt thoughts and prayers to the families who have lost their loved ones in this unexpected tragedy and the injured for a full and speedy recovery. As the Republic of Korea observes a national mourning period, we send our support and encouragement to the Republic of Korea and her people in overcoming this difficult moment.”

At least 154 people were killed in the crush when a huge crowd celebrating Halloween surged into Itaewon, an alley in a nightlife area in the South Korean capital Seoul on Saturday night.

At least one Thai was killed in the stampede, according to the Royal Thai Embassy in South Korea.

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