Afghan President Ashraf Ghani, who recently fled from Kabul, is in the United Arab Emirates. This was confirmed by the country’s Foreign Ministry. “The UAE Foreign Ministry can confirm that our country, for humanitarian reasons, has received President Ashraf Ghani and his family on its territory,” it says in a statement from the foreign ministry.
Ashraf Ghani left Afghanistan on a plane on August 15, when the Taliban movement (banned in the Russian Federation) already controlled almost all of his country and was preparing to take control of Kabul. The president did not publicly announce his resignation.
The Associated Press reported that the president left the country with only a narrow circle of confidants, without warning other political leaders in the country, who at the time were negotiating a peaceful transfer of power to the Taliban. Ghani’s companions were National Security Advisor Hamdullah Muhib and Chief of Staff Fazl Mahmoud Fazli. The Russian Embassy in Afghanistan reported that Ghani was fleeing Kabul with cars full of money. “Four cars were full of money, they tried to stuff the other part of the money into a helicopter, but not everything fit. And part of the money was left lying on the takeoff field, “- said the press secretary of the diplomatic mission Nikita Ishchenko. His words leads RBC.
Ghani wrote on social media that he left the country to save the lives of Afghans, but did not say where he was. “If I had stayed, countless numbers of my fellow citizens would have died, and Kabul would have been threatened with destruction, which would have led to disaster for its six million inhabitants,” he said.
Earlier, the chairman of the Supreme Council for National Reconciliation of Afghanistan, Abdullah Abdullah, commented on Ghani’s departure with restraint, saying that “God is his judge.” transfers Interfax.
A number of media outlets reported that the Taliban, even before the operation to seize the largest Afghan cities, at the negotiations on a peaceful settlement of the conflict, stated that one of their main conditions for ending the war would be Ghani’s resignation. The reports indicate that the president himself flatly refused to consider such an option.
Ashraf Ghani, 72, has spent most of his career in academia at American universities, as well as at the World Bank. He returned to Afghanistan in 2002 and became Minister of Finance. In 2006, he was nominated for the post of UN Secretary General after the end of Kofi Annan’s term, but he lost then to Ban Ki-moon.
In 2009, Ashraf Ghani took part in the presidential elections for the first time, gaining 3% of the vote. In 2014, following the election results, he declared himself president, and his main rival, Abdullah Abdullah, declared himself president. The United States offered Ghani and Abdullah a compromise, and Ghani eventually got the post of head of state, and a new position in the government was created for Abdullah. In the 2019 elections, the situation repeated itself, and Ghani eventually retained the presidency, while Abdullah Abdullah became the chairman of the Supreme Council for National Reconciliation and was responsible for negotiations with the Taliban.