Politics, Sports, Business, Entertainment and News you will get nowhere else.

Thursday, 19 August 2021

Exiled Afghan President Lands in UAE, Denies Leaving With Suitcases of Cash

Afghanistan's President Ashraf Ghani has taken refuge in the United Arab Emirates, the Gulf nation says.

Mr Ghani left Afghanistan as the Taliban advanced on the capital city Kabul over the weekend.

The UAE's foreign ministry said the country had welcomed Mr Ghani and his family on humanitarian grounds.

In a video address later on Wednesday, Mr Ghani denied fleeing and said he had left to prevent what he described as a "huge disaster".

"For now, I am in the Emirates so that bloodshed and chaos is stopped," he said. "I am currently in talks to return to Afghanistan."

Mr Ghani also said rumours that he had travelled to the UAE with a large amount of money were "completely baseless" and "lies".

The 72-year-old has faced intense criticism from other Afghan politicians for leaving the country.

"God will hold him accountable and the nation will also judge," said Abdullah Abdullah, chairman of Afghanistan's High Council for National Reconciliation.

US President Joe Biden also criticised Afghanistan's government for fleeing in a speech on Monday.

And later on Wednesday, the US Deputy Secretary of State Wendy Sherman told reporters that Mr Ghani was "no longer a figure in Afghanistan".

However, the US has continued to refer to "President Ghani", with the State Department saying that there has not been a formal handover of power.

In his video address, which was streamed live on Facebook, Mr Ghani said he was evacuated by his security team from the presidential palace "in a condition where I couldn't even put on my shoes".

"Events unfolded at a fast pace. I wanted to negotiate an inclusive government with the Taliban," he said, adding that he supported talks between the Taliban and former officials from his administration.

This is not the first time the UAE has provided a safe haven for deposed or fugitive leaders from other countries. Pakistan's Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto made Dubai her new home in the 1990s before later returning to power.


No comments:

Post a Comment

Disclaimer: Comments made by readers of this blog are strictly the views and opinions of the writers and not that of Nedu Echianu's Blog.

Credit is given to the original sources of culled stories, but in a situation where your story is wrongfully credited to someone else, please contact neduechianu@gmail.com for an immediate correction.

For eye witness reports, stories and features which you want published on this blog please contact me on +234-8037036168 or neduechianu@gmail.com.