Afghan President Ashraf Ghani, speaking from the United Arab Emirates where he was staying, said on Wednesday (18/08) that he had left Kabul to prevent a bloodshed, while denying reports that he had taken large sums of money with him on his departure. from the presidential palace.
Ghani was criticized by former ministers for leaving the country suddenly as the Taliban entered Kabul on Sunday.
“If I had stayed, I would have witnessed a bloodbath in Kabul,” Ghani said in a video posted on Facebook in his first public statements since it was confirmed he was in the UAE.
He added that he left following the advice of government officials.
In fact, according to the APE-MPE, he himself stated “in favor” of the negotiations between the Taliban and former high-ranking officials of the country, adding that he is “in talks to return” to his country.
“I support the government's initiative to negotiate with (former Vice President) Abdullah Abdullah and former President Hamid Karzai (his predecessor). “I wish this process success,” he said in a video posted on Facebook by the UAE.
“At the moment, I am in the Emirates to stop the bloodshed and stop the chaos,” he said in a statement on his first appearance since leaving the Afghan capital.
He stressed that he has “no intention” of remaining in exile. “I am currently in talks to return to Afghanistan,” he said.