Ashraf Ghani apologises to Afghans, says he fled to ensure peace | Ashraf Ghani News

Ashraf Ghani apologises to Afghans, says he fled to ensure peace | Ashraf Ghani News

Former president says he left Kabul so as to keep away from the chance of bloody avenue combating, reiterates denial of stealing tens of millions.

Afghanistan’s former President Ashraf Ghani has mentioned it was by no means his intent to “abandon the people” as he apologised to Afghans for the way in which his rule got here to an finish when he fled the nation final month on the identical day the Taliban entered the capital, Kabul.

In an announcement printed on Twitter on Wednesday, Ghani mentioned he left on August 15 on the urging of the palace safety to keep away from the chance of bloody avenue combating, and once more denied stealing tens of millions from the treasury.

“Leaving Kabul was the most difficult decision of my life, but I believed it was the only way to keep the guns silent and save Kabul and her 6 million citizens,” he mentioned.

Ghani took the chance to deny the claims that he had taken tens of millions of {dollars} overseas when he fled, even saying that he was prepared to be investigated to show his innocence.

The claims originated with a former Afghan ambassador to neighbouring Tajikistan, Zahir Aghbar, who alleged Ghani took about $169m with him when he left the nation.

Ghani, who’s presently in Abu Dhabi, lamented that, like his predecessors, he too had been unable to deliver peace and prosperity to the war-torn nation.

“It is with a deep and profound regret that my own chapter ended in a similar tragedy to my predecessors,” he mentioned. “I apologize to the Afghan people that I could not make it end differently.”

Taliban fighters took over Kabul after a lightning-fast offensive launched in May because the United States and NATO started withdrawing troops.

In the house of 10 days earlier than taking the capital, the Taliban had seized a string of different cities, assembly little or no resistance in a staggering rout.

Ghani’s assertion got here a day after the Taliban introduced their new interim authorities, with established hardliners in all key posts and no ladies, regardless of earlier guarantees to type an inclusive administration.

Separately on Wednesday, the president of the International Committee of the Red Cross appealed to different humanitarian organisations to return to Afghanistan and for the World Bank to unlock funds to assist the nation’s weak healthcare system.

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