Following the recent events in Afghanistan, the United Arab Emirates on Wednesday said it is hosting Afghan President Ashraf Ghani “on humanitarian grounds” after he fled the worn-torn country to avoid “bloodshed”.
“The UAE Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation can confirm that the UAE has welcomed President Ashraf Ghani and his family into the country on humanitarian grounds,” the statement said.
Reports had suggested that Ghani fled his country with $169million in his cash-stuffed helicopter
Russia’s diplomatic mission in Kabul had alleged that Ghani fled the country with four cars and a helicopter full of cash and had to leave some money behind as it would not all fit in, the RIA news agency had reported.
Earlier reports said Ghani had fled to Uzbekistan, citing Russian Embassy sources. It was also claimed that the former president had flown to Tajikistan, but diverted to Oman when officials in Dushanbe refused him permission to land.
Nikita Ishchenko, a spokesman for the Russian embassy in Kabul, was quoted as saying by RIA: “Four cars were full of money, they tried to stuff another part of the money into a helicopter, but not all of it fit. And some of the money was left lying on the tarmac.”
In a post on Facebook, Ashraf Ghani had claimed that he fled Kabul to avoid further bloodshed.
Meanwhile, the first vice president in the Ghani administration – Amrullah Saleh, retreated to his hometown in the Panjshir Valley – the only region the Taliban have not conquered
He took to Twitter on Tuesday to say that the Afghan constitution was empowering him to declare this. He wrote that he was “reaching out to all leaders to secure their support and consensus.”