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Ousted Afghan President Ashraf Ghani resurfaces in UAE after fleeing Kabul, Emirati authorities says

Afghan President Ashraf Ghani makes an tackle concerning the newest developments within the nation from exile in United Arab Emirates, on this display screen seize obtained from a social media video on August 18, 2021.

Fb | Ashraf Ghani | by way of REUTERS

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates — Ousted Afghan President Ashraf Ghani, who fled his nation as its capital Kabul was being overtaken by Taliban fighters, is now within the United Arab Emirates, the Emirati authorities confirmed to CNBC.

“The UAE Ministry of Overseas Affairs and Worldwide Cooperation can verify that the UAE has welcomed President Ashraf Ghani and his household into the nation on humanitarian grounds,” the Overseas Ministry mentioned in an announcement Wednesday, which was later posted to its web site.

Ghani left Afghanistan on Sunday night, with no announcement or clear reporting on the place he was going. Because the Taliban entered the presidential palace and declared the warfare “over,” Ghani, 72, mentioned he fled to forestall “a flood of bloodshed.”

“The Taliban have received with the judgment of their swords and weapons, and are actually chargeable for the glory, property and self-preservation of their countrymen,” Ghani mentioned. He was elected president twice, the primary time in September 2014.

The White Home, Pentagon and State Division didn’t instantly reply to CNBC’s request for remark.

Taliban forces made a sequence of beautiful advances throughout the nation of 39 million within the wake of the Biden administration and NATO saying a full departure of U.S. and coalition forces by the top of August.

Amid the exodus of overseas troops, the Taliban had been in a position to declare close to full management of the nation inside 10 days of seizing their first provincial capital.

Regardless of being vastly outnumbered by the Afghan army, which has been assisted by U.S. and coalition forces for the final 20 years, the Taliban entered Kabul on Sunday.

In separate information briefings, President Joe Biden and NATO Secretary-Basic Jens Stoltenberg positioned the blame squarely on the Afghan nationwide authorities for the beautiful and swift Taliban takeover.

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“The reality is that this did unfold extra rapidly than we had anticipated,” Biden mentioned in a speech from the White Home on Monday, including that he had been assured by the now-deposed Ghani that the U.S.-trained and outfitted Afghan troops would maintain their positions.

“Mr. Ghani insisted the Afghan forces would struggle, however clearly he was mistaken,” Biden mentioned.

“American troops can’t and shouldn’t be combating in a warfare and dying in a warfare that Afghan forces will not be prepared to struggle for themselves,” Biden mentioned. “We gave them each probability to find out their very own future. We couldn’t present them with the need to struggle for that future.”

From NATO’s headquarters in Brussels, Stoltenberg mentioned, “The failure of Afghan management led to the tragedy we’re witnessing right now.”

“Regardless of our appreciable funding and sacrifice over twenty years, the collapse was swift and sudden. There are a lot of classes to be realized,” he advised reporters Tuesday.

“In the end the Afghan political management failed to face as much as the Taliban and obtain the peaceable answer that Afghans desperately needed,” Stoltenberg, chief of the 30-member-strong army alliance, added.

— CNBC’s Emma Graham contributed to this report from Dubai. CNBC’s Amanda Macias contributed to this report from Washington.


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