Afghanistan crisis: President Ghani appears in United Arab Emirates after Taliban takeover.
Written by crest887fm on August 19, 2021
Afhanistan’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”.
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.
U.S President Joe Biden also criticised Afghanistan’s government for fleeing in a speech on Monday.
And later on Wednesday, the U.S 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.