Afghan President Says He Fled Country to Prevent Bloodshed, Denies Taking Money
Afghan president, Ashraf Ghani, has denied that he took large sums of money with him as he departed the presidential palace, saying he left Kabul to prevent bloodshed.
He spoke from exile in the United Arab Emirates on Wednesday.
Anti-Taliban protests in the eastern city of Jalalabad over the removal of the Afghan flag have now spread elsewhere in Afghanistan.
In Jalalabad, at least three people have been reportedly killed and a dozen others wounded after shots fired at protest against removal of Afghan flag by Taliban.
Planes carrying hundreds of evacuees from Kabul have arrived in the United Kingdom and Germany as Western nations stepped up evacuation efforts.
Faced with criticisms over his withdrawal of US troops from Afghanistan, US president, Joe Biden, has defended his administration’s action by saying “American troops cannot and should not be fighting in a war and dying in a war that Afghan forces are not willing to fight for themselves.”
In a 20-minute nationally televised speech on Monday afternoon from the White House East Room, Biden said the US mission in Afghanistan “was never supposed to be nation-building. It was never supposed to be creating a unified, centralised democracy. Our only vital national interest in Afghanistan remains today what has always been, preventing a terrorist attack on (the) American homeland.”
According to an agency report, the president added that “our true strategic competitors, China and Russia, would love nothing more than the United States to continue to funnel billions of dollars into Afghanistan indefinitely.”
Biden said fleeing Afghanistan’s president, Ashraf Ghani, ignored his advice on how to prepare for the civil war, including tackling corruption and uniting politically.
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