Former president of Afghanistan: I had no choice but to flee

Former Afghan President Ashraf Ghani said he had no choice but to leave Kabul suddenly as the Taliban approached and denied any preparatory agreements for a peaceful seizure of power, refuting allegations from Afghan and US officials.

And the former president said, in an interview with the BBC, “BBC”, broadcast today, Thursday, that an adviser gave him the minutes to make the decision to leave the capital, Kabul.

Taliban elements in the presidential palace
Taliban elements in the presidential palace

Ghani also denied the allegations, which were widely circulated, and indicated that he had left Afghanistan with millions of stolen cash.

Ghani’s sudden and covert departure from Afghanistan on August 15 left the city without leadership as NATO and US forces were in the final stages of a chaotic withdrawal from the country after 20 years of war.

“That morning, I had no idea that I was leaving (the country) later in the afternoon,” Ghani told the BBC.

Ghani’s statements contradict those of other officials.

Former Afghan President Hamid Karzai told The Associated Press in an interview earlier this month that Ghani’s departure had undermined the chances of government negotiators, including himself and the Prime Minister. pace Abdullah Abdullah, to reach a last minute agreement with the Taliban. announced its commitment to stay out of the capital, Kabul.

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