Ex-Afghan President gives 'explanation' statement to Afghan people
20:44, 09 September 2021
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Afghanistan’s former President Ashraf Ghani gave a statement in which he clarified his flee from Afghanistan upon the Taliban’s* arrival at Kabul.
In his speech, the former President apologized for his actions.
“I owe the Afghan people an explanation for leaving Kabul abruptly on August 15 after Taliban unexpectedly entered the city,” he said.
He justified his flee by saying that it helped avoid bloodshed and was the only right way to act given the circumstances.
“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. Leaving Kabul was the most difficult decision of my life, but I believed it was the only way to keep the guns silent and save Kabul and her 6 million citizens,” Ghani added.
The amount of money he reportedly took didn’t even fit in the helicopter so part of it was left on the ground.
In his statement, Ghani said that all the accusations are baseless and have nothing to do with reality.
“I must now address baseless allegations that as I left Kabul I took with me millions of dollars belonging to the Afghan people. These charges are completely and categorically false. Corruption is a plague that has crippled our country for decades and fighting corruption has been a central focus in my efforts as president,” he said in his defense.
He also voiced his readiness to participate in an UN-led investigation to prove his claims.
“I welcome an official audit or financial investigation under UN auspices or any other appropriate independent body to prove the veracity of my statements here,” Ghani said.
Ghani left Afghanistan after the Taliban managed to take over the country in a short time following the withdrawal of NATO forces from the war-torn country.
*Taliban is a terror organization banned in the US, Russia and many other countries.