Hun Sen Addresses Condolence Letter to South Korean Leader 

A Buddhist nun prays in tribute to those who were killed, at a makeshift memorial outside a subway station in the district of Itaewon in Seoul on October 31, 2022, two days after a deadly Halloween crush in the area. Photo by Anthony WALLACE / AFP

PHNOM PENH – Prime Minister Hun Sen has expressed his sincere condolences to the President of the Republic of Korea, Yoon Suk Yeol, over the Halloween stampede in Seoul that killed over 150 people last weekend.

“I am deeply saddened to learn about the tragic accident in the Itaewon district of Seoul on 29 October 2022 which caused loss of many lives and many injured,” the PM said in a letter on Oct. 30.

“On behalf of the Royal Government and people of Cambodia, I would like to extend my deepest condolences and sympathy to Your Excellency and, through you, to the people of the Republic of Korea, particularly the bereaved families for their loss,” he added.

“While Cambodia is with the Republic of Korea at this sorrowful moment, I also wish for a speedy recovery to those who are injured,” the Cambodian Premier wrote in his letter.

According to the Korean authorities, at least 153 people were killed and 134 were injured in a stampede at a packed Halloween public celebration in central Seoul on Oct. 29. 

The Korean government has declared a week of national mourning for those who died, running until Nov. 5.

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