President sends condolences to Saudi King over Mecca tragedy

 Workers walk next to the crane that collapsed the day before at the Grand Mosque on Sept 12, 2015 in Saudi Arabia's holy Muslim city of Mecca.
Workers walk next to the crane that collapsed the day before at the Grand Mosque on Sept 12, 2015 in Saudi Arabia's holy Muslim city of Mecca. PHOTO: AFP

President Tony Tan Keng Yam has written to Saudi King Salman to convey his condolences on the crane collapse, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs said in a statement yesterday.

"I am greatly saddened to learn of the tragic loss of lives and injuries to pilgrims caused by the crane accident at the Grand Mosque in Makkah on 11 September 2015," Dr Tan said in the letter dated Sept 12.

"On behalf of the people of Singapore, I extend our deepest and heartfelt condolences to Your Majesty and the people of Saudi Arabia.

"Our thoughts and prayers are with the victims' families during this difficult time. We also hope for the speedy recovery for those who are injured," he wrote. Dr Tan expressed confidence that the Saudi haj authorities would overcome this tragedy and do their best to ensure the safety of the millions of pilgrims.

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on September 14, 2015, with the headline 'President sends condolences to Saudi King over Mecca tragedy'. Print Edition | Subscribe