Hong Kong officials were considering evacuating Chief Secretary Donald Tsang Yam-kuen from his hotel room in central Washington. Mr Tsang, who was booked into the Hay Adams Hotel across from the White House, did not leave his room after the 10am meeting he had been due to hold with the United States Vice-President, Dick Cheney, was cancelled. In a statement last night, Mr Tsang said: 'My delegation left New York this morning at about 7.10am and we landed here in Washington DC about an hour later. 'I heard about the two planes crashing into the World Trade Centre shortly after it happened, about 9am.' He expressed his 'profoundest sympathy' and said all Hong Kong people would be 'deeply saddened and aggrieved at such a terrible loss of life'. Mr Tsang's hotel is located only metres from Lafayette Park, where Secret Service agents could be seen patrolling with their automatic rifles drawn. 'Safety is obviously our priority at the moment,' one Hong Kong official said. 'Donald is safe and well. We are now considering getting him out of the downtown.' Mr Tsang was in the US capital for a scheduled three-day visit to hold talks with Mr Cheney, the Secretary of State, Colin Powell, and National Security Adviser Condoleezza Rice.