Tibet Sun Newsroom
McLEOD GANJ, India, 4 April 2021
Tibetan spiritual leader the Dalai Lama has written to Taiwan President Tsai Ing-wen to express his condolences over the train crash in Taiwan.
“I would like to offer my condolences to Your Excellency, and to those families who have lost loved ones as well as others affected by this most unfortunate accident.”
A Taiwan express train with almost 500 aboard derailed in a tunnel on Friday after hitting a truck that had slid down a bank onto the track, killing at least 50 passengers and injuring 146 in the island’s worst rail disaster in seven decades, Reuters reported.
The train was travelling from Taipei, the capital, to the southeastern city of Taitung. The train crashed inside a tunnel just outside Hualien City on the east coast of Taiwan at about 9.30am local time.
“The Taiwanese people have long been close to my heart. When incidents like this occur, it is as if a calamity has befallen us all,” the Dalai Lama wrote.
The Dalai Lama established the Tibet Religious Foundation in the capital Taipei in March 1997 after his meeting with President Lee Teng-hui during his historic visit to the island nation. His representative also is the agent of the Central Tibetan Administration.
Since then the Dalai Lama has visited the country twice, in 2001 and 2009.