Ousted Afghan leader Ashraf Ghani in UAE

Ghani says he left Kabul to prevent bloodshed and denies reports he took large sums of money with him

Afghan President Ashraf Ghani speaks at parliament in Kabul, Afghanistan on August 2 2021.
Afghan President Ashraf Ghani speaks at parliament in Kabul, Afghanistan on August 2 2021.
Image: REUTERS

The United Arab Emirates (UAE) announced it was hosting Ashraf Ghani after the exiled president of Afghanistan fled the country. 

“The UAE ministry of foreign affairs & international co-operation can confirm that the UAE has welcomed President Ashraf Ghani and his family into the country on humanitarian grounds,” the ministry said in a brief statement on Wednesday.

Ghani said on Wednesday that he had left Kabul to prevent bloodshed and denied reports he took large sums of money with him as he departed the presidential palace.

He has been bitterly criticised by former ministers for leaving the country suddenly as Taliban forces entered Kabul on Sunday.

“If I had stayed, I would be witnessing bloodshed in Kabul,” Ghani said in a video streamed on Facebook, his first public comments since leaving for the UAE. 

“The Taliban have won,” he added. 

He left on the advice of government officials, he added.

Reuters


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