But where was Ashraf Ghani? The United Arab Emirates announced on Wednesday that it had welcomed the fleeing Afghan president.
Emirates “warmly welcomes Afghan President Ashraf Ghani and his family on humanitarian grounds”, the official WAM news agency quoted the foreign ministry as saying.
Since his hasty departure from the capital on Sunday, he announced on his Facebook account that many rumors about his condition had spread, some in Tajikistan or Uzbekistan. Others are in Oman or Lebanon, where his wife comes from.
The Russian embassy in Kabul said he had left four cars and a helicopter with full money and had to leave even a portion of his money in unmarked tarmac on vehicles.
Ashraf Ghani was also heavily criticized by other Afghan politicians for leaving the country. “God will hold him accountable and the nation will judge,” said Abdullah Abdullah, chairman of the Afghan National Reconciliation Council.
72 years old, M. Fruit He explained on Facebook that he was leaving Afghanistan to “avoid bloodshed”. He was elected in 2014, promising to straighten out Afghanistan and end corruption. He was presented by his enemies as a puppet of America. Its good relations with Washington deteriorated after the Americans decided to begin bilateral talks with the Taliban in Doha, Qatar.
This is not the first time the rich Gulf nation has welcomed Emirates leaders and their relatives, and now is not an individual in their own country. Last year, former Spanish King Juan Carlos was deported to the Emirates, where he was being tried on suspicion of corruption. In 2017, Dubai hosted former Thai Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra, who was sentenced to five years in prison. Former Pakistani Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto was deported to the Emirates on her return to Pakistan in 1999 and October 2007.
Emirates, along with Saudi Arabia and Pakistan, recognized the Taliban when they were in power from 1996 to 2001.
Former President “spoke to the nation”
Former Afghan President Ashraf Ghani sent a video message to his comrades from the United Arab Emirates on Wednesday evening, confirming earlier that he had received him “for humanitarian reasons.”
As a prelude to his message, in his Facebook post, Mr. Ghani explained that he was going to deal with “recent developments” in Afghanistan, where he fled as the Taliban regained power last weekend.
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