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First Remarks since the Taliban Takeover: Afghan President, Ashraf Ghani Denies Fleeing Country with Millions of Dollars

Former Afghan President, Ashraf Ghani released an official apology Wednesday to Afghans for leaving the country last month and rejected allegations he left with millions of dollars.

As the Taliban took over the Afghan capital of Kabul, Ghani’s decision to flee and seek refuge in the United Arab Emirates on August 15th left a plethora of unanswered questions.

“Leaving Kabul was the most difficult decision of my life, but I believed, it was the only way to keep the guns silent. I have devoted 20 years of my life to helping the Afghan people work toward building a democratic, prosperous, and sovereign state – it was never my intent to abandon the people of that vision,” Ghani said.

Twitter via @Ashraf Ghani

Ghani released a video message on Facebook last month from the United Arab Emirates, which he confirmed was hosting him on humanitarian grounds.

Facebook via @Ashraf Ghani

In the video, Ghani said he “was forced to leave Afghanistan with one set of traditional clothes, a vest and the sandals I was wearing.”

Kawoon Khamoosh of BCC reported that the Afghan ambassador to Tajikistan, Mohammad Zahir Aghbar claimed that ousted President Ghani took 169 million dollars, and surrendered the country to the Taliban without a fight.

“The only law Ashraf Ghani abided by was keeping the Afghan flag raised. Aside from that, every law in the constitution was broken by him,” he said.

The Russian news outlet, RIA News reported that Ghani fled with four cars and a helicopter full of cash.  

The day after the Taliban took control of Afghanistan, President Biden criticized the Afghan President and the Afghan National Defense Security Forces for choosing not to fight for their country.

In the Twitter statement, Ghani denied the accusations, calling them “baseless allegations.”

The ex-president said Wednesday that he and his top advisors would submit an independent investigation to prove his innocence.

The former Afghan leader stated, “I welcome an official audit or financial investigation under UN auspices or any other appropriate independent body the veracity of my statements here.”

Ghani thanked the Afghan security forces in his message but noted that the failure of the peace process led to the Taliban snatching power.

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