World leaders have been sending messages of condolences and support to South Korea amid an apparent surge in crowds in Seoul’s Itaewon district that killed at least 149 people during Halloween festivities.
Philip Seth Goldberg, the U.S. ambassador to South Korea since 2022, tweeted in English and Korean: “I am shocked by the tragic loss of life in Itaewon last night. Please Know my thoughts, and the thoughts of our team at the U.S. Embassy in Seoul, with the people of South Korea, especially the loved ones of those killed in this catastrophic event, and the many injured.”
British Prime Minister Rishi Sunak tweeted: “Our thoughts are with those who are currently reacting and with all South Koreans at this very distressing time.”
“France is on your side,” President Emmanuel Macron tweeted in French and Korean.
German Chancellor Olaf Schultz tweeted: “We are all shocked by the tragic events in Seoul. Our thoughts are with the many victims and their families. This is a sad day for South Korea. Germany stands with them aside.”
Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau tweeted: “On behalf of Canadians today, I extend my deepest condolences to the people of South Korea following the deadly stampede in Seoul. I am thinking of all those affected by this tragedy. affected people and wish those injured a speedy and full recovery.”
The Australian government has also sent a message of support.
“Our sincere condolences go out to all those affected by this terrible tragedy,” the prime minister said. Anthony Albanese Tweet.
The Australian embassy in Seoul said it was “urgently conducting an investigation” with local authorities to determine whether any Australians were involved.
Josep Borrell, EU foreign policy chief, said: “Deeply saddened by the horrific events in the heart of Seoul. What should have been celebrated turned into a tragedy, with so many young people killed and injured. At this difficult time, We stand with the people of the Republic of Korea.”