Former Afghan President Ashraf Ghani, who fled to the United Arab Emirates before the Taliban seized power last month, apologized to the Afghan people in a statement.
“Leaving Kabul was the most painful decision I’ve ever made,” he stated, regretting that he “could not make it finish any differently.”
“I owe the Afghan people an explanation for abruptly leaving Kabul on August 15 after the Taliban stormed the city. I departed at the suggestion of palace security, who warned that staying would risk triggering the same awful street-to-street combat that the city had seen during the 1990s Civil War “Ghani stated in a message posted on Twitter.
“I express my deep gratitude and respect for all Afghans’ sacrifices over the previous 40 years, particularly our Afghan warriors and their families. It is with great regret that my own chapter ended in tragedy, as did those of my forefathers – without providing security and prosperity “He came to a conclusion.
Ghani used the opportunity to refute rumors that he departed with millions of dollars in cash, calling reports that he did so “absolutely and categorically incorrect.”
“My wife and I have always been careful with our money. I’ve made a public declaration of all of my assets “He went on to say that an official audit or financial probe under UN auspices, or any other relevant impartial organization, would be welcome in proving the veracity of his claims.
Former allies accused him of betrayal, and the 72-year-old former president claimed he will speak about the “events leading up to my resignation” in the near future.
Meanwhile, the Taliban have finalized the Afghan government, with Mullah Mohammad Hassan Akhund, who is on the UN’s no-fly list, at the head. Sirajuddin Haqqani, the feared Haqqani Network’s leader, is also a member of the provisional cabinet.