UAE accepts Afghan President Ashraf Ghani, family after escape from Kabul
Former Afghan President Ashraf Ghani is in Abu Dhabi with his family.
The United Arab Emirates (UAE) has confirmed the former Afghan president’s presence in Abu Dhabi.
The state-run news agency reported Ashraf Ghani’s presence in Abu Dhabi with his family, based on a statement from the UAE Foreign Ministry.
Former Afghan President Ashraf Ghani has been allowed to enter the UAE on humanitarian grounds, the UAE Foreign Ministry said.
Ashraf Ghani left the presidential palace on Sunday (August 15th) after receiving news of the Taliban’s entry into Kabul.
According to initial media reports, Ashraf Ghani had gone to Tajikistan with his vice president.
Earlier, the Afghan embassy in Tajikistan called on Interpol to arrest former Afghan President Ashraf Ghani, Hamadullah Mohib and Fazal Mahmoud Fazli.
According to Afghan media reports, the Afghan embassy in Tajikistan has demanded from Interpol to arrest Ashraf Ghani, Hamdullah Mohib and Fazal Mahmoud Fazli on charges of stealing Afghanistan’s national treasury.
Ghani left Afghanistan on the same day the Taliban entered the country’s capital of Kabul and headed to the presidential palace to negotiate power transfer. His whereabouts remained unknown until Wednesday. According to the Russian Embassy in Kabul, the Afghan leader fled with cars and a helicopter full of cash, leaving behind scared civilians, who rushed to Kabul Hamid Karzai International Airport in an attempt to leave Afghanistan amid fears over mass executions and killings by the Taliban.
Members of the ousted government in Panjshir Valley north of Kabul, a stronghold of the Northern Alliance militias that allied with the United States against the Taliban in 2001, appeared to show potential opposition.
Vice President Amrullah Saleh asserted on Twitter Tuesday that he is the country’s rightful president. He has gathered in the Panjshir Valley along with Defense Minister Gen. Bismillah Mohammadi – as well as Ahmad Massoud, the son of the slain Northern Alliance leader Ahmad Shah Massoud. It is unclear whether they intend to challenge the Taliban, who captured most of the country in a matter of days last week.