Former President of Afghanistan Ashraf Ghani spoke for the first time of exile in the UAE

The ousted president of Afghanistan, Ashraf Ghani, spoke for the first time since his exile in the United Arab Emirates (United Arab Emirates), after the UAE Foreign Ministry confirmed that it received the former Afghan leader. The former president made a live stream on his Facebook account and once again justified that his flight before the Taliban’s entry into the capital Kabul was “To prevent bloodshed”. Ghani too denied allegations of corruption which circulated in the media about the departure of the Afghan leader with about 170 million dollars. He also assured that he was in consultations to rejoin the country he led from 2014 until last Sunday.

“I didn’t want the bloodshed to start in Kabul like it did in Syria and Yemen. So I decided to go, leave Kabul. If I had remained President of Afghanistan, people would have been hanged and that would have been a terrible disaster for our history.“, assured.

Since he fled Afghanistan before the Taliban took control of Kabul and the presidential palace, Ghani’s whereabouts have been unknown. It was speculated that it could be in Tajikistan, on the northern border of Afghanistan; it was also thought to have reached Uzbekistan, or even Oman.

“I’m not afraid of an honorable death and dishonoring Afghanistan was not acceptable to me, but I had to do it. They took me away to avoid bloodshed and destruction.”He added in a message posted on Wednesday to his Facebook account.

“Cars full of money”

The former president also referred to the accusations of The Afghan ambassador to Tajikistan, Mohammed Zahir Agbar, who denounced that Ghani left the country with money from the national treasury. Agbar accused him of stealing $169 million. The ousted official said he only had to speak to “customs officials and other authorities” to verify that these accusations were “completely unfounded” and just call for his “political death” and destroy his reputation.

However, the Russian news agency RIA reported that the Russian embassy reported that Ghani fled last Monday in a helicopter loaded with cash. “Four cars were full of money, they tried to put another part of the money in a helicopter, but it didn’t work. And part of the money was thrown on the track”, He said Nikita Ischehnko, spokeswoman for the Russian embassy in Kabul.

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Exile in the UAE

UAE diplomacy confirmed on Wednesday that it received former president Ghani in their country, after days when the former president’s whereabouts were unknown, although he left a post on his Facebook account explaining that there was made the decision to leave since then, he said, the Taliban were ready to attack Kabul to bring it down.

“The UAE Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation can confirm that the UAE welcomed President Ashraf Ghani and his family for humanitarian reasons.”, they guaranteed in a brief statement published on the chancellery website. The UAE government did not go into details about how Ghani arrived or his future in the country.

Conversations without Ghani

The Taliban is currently in talks with the former president Hamid Karzai and the main representative in the Doha peace dialogue, Abdullah Abdullah negotiate a possible transitional government with local authorities.

On the other hand, Ghani assured that he is currently in consultations to re-enter Afghanistan. Even if The United States reiterated that it does not see the ousted president as a weighty figure. that can stabilize the current situation. “He is no longer an important person in Afghanistan.”told reporters the Undersecretary of State Wendy Sherman, who declined to comment on the UAE’s decision to grant him asylum.

Ghani, 72, is a former US citizen but gave up his passport to run for the Afghan presidency in 2009. The former president returned to Afghanistan in 2001, just months after the Sept. 11 attacks in the United States. He has been president since 2014 and re-elected in September 2019, although he only served his second term in March 2020.


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