Former Afghanistan President Ashraf Ghani apologized to his people for flying to the United Arab Emirates, leaving the country before the Taliban took over.
He said it was the “only way to keep the guns silent and save Kabul and her six million people.”
“I owe the Afghan people an explanation for leaving Kabul abruptly on 15 August after Taliban unexpectedly enter[ed] the city. I left at the urging of the palace security who advised me that to remain risked setting off the same horrific street-to-street fighting the city had suffered during the Civil War of the 1990s,” Ghani said in a statement.
“Leaving Kabul was the most difficult decision of my life but believed it was the only way to keep the guns silent and save Kabul and her 6 million citizens,” the 72-year-old former president added.
Ghani, who has come under fire for abandoning Afghans to the Taliban, also denied reports that he fled Kabul with millions of dollars in cash from the treasury.
He said that he would address the allegations and prove that the accusations were false.
“Now is not the moment for a long assessment of the events leading up to my departure — I will address them in detail in the near future. But I must now address baseless allegations that as I left Kabul, I took with my millions of dollars belonging to the Afghan people. These charges are completely and categorically false.”
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