The Afghan Taliban demanded the fugitive President Ashraf Ghani to return the money that he smuggled with him abroad, specifically to the UAE, where he obtained asylum there.
The movement blamed Ashraf Ghani for the chaos that followed August 15, and claimed that the former president abruptly abandoned his government.
Suhail Shaheen, a Taliban spokesman, said Ashraf Ghani had always had a good relationship with the UAE.
Ashraf Ghani fled to the Emirates
In an interview with the English-language “Doha News” website, Shaheen said, “When the Taliban were looking forward to a peaceful transition of power, and the fighters were waiting outside the Kabul gate, Ashraf Ghani suddenly fled.”
“He made a mistake by abandoning the government,” the Taliban spokesman added. “This is what led to the sudden vacuum, looting and shooting.”
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On reports that Ashraf Ghani has escaped with a huge amount of cash, Sohail Shaheen said that if he takes anything that does not belong to him, he should return it to Afghanistan, but the pursuit of this is not a priority for the Taliban as it is now.
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The spokesman stressed that the movement is currently focusing on forming the new government.
The UAE had officially admitted that it had received the fugitive Afghan President Ashraf Ghani after he left Kabul and the Taliban movement took control of Afghanistan.
The UAE Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation said the UAE had received President Ashraf Ghani and his family in the country for “humanitarian considerations”.
Afghan President Ashraf Ghani escapes
Former President Ashraf Ghani fled the capital, Kabul, on August 15, shortly before Taliban militants entered the presidential palace and announced the extension of their control over Afghanistan.
The Taliban seized control of the capital, Kabul, after controlling nearly all of Afghanistan, despite billions of dollars spent by the United States and NATO over nearly 20 years to build up Afghan security forces.
The Sultanate of Oman denies the arrival of Ashraf Ghani to Muscat
An Omani diplomatic source denied the arrival of Afghan President Ashraf Ghani to the Sultanate of Oman, stressing that the reports that indicated this were completely incorrect.
This came in response to the reports that spread about Ashraf Ghani’s arrival in the Sultanate of Oman, after he fled Afghanistan, following the Taliban’s takeover of the country.
In the context, a source at the Russian Embassy in Kabul told “Sputnik” that Afghan President Ashraf Ghani fled Kabul with cars full of money, and what he could not carry with him remained on the runway at the airport.
Nikita Ishchenko, press secretary of the Russian diplomatic mission, added: “As for the fall of the regime, what most accurately depicts this is how Ghani escaped from Afghanistan: four cars were stacked with money, they tried to get another part of the money into a helicopter, but it did not fit all the money Therefore, some of them remained on the runway for take-off and landing at the airport.”
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