The Government of the United Arab Emirates (UAE) confirmed on Wednesday that the deposed Afghan president Ashraf Ghani he is in their territory “for humanitarian considerations”, after having left Afghanistan last Sunday.
“The Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation reported that the Arab Emirates has received President Ashraf Ghani and his family in the country for humanitarian considerations,” the Emirati Foreign Ministry reported in a brief statement.
The Emirati government has not given more details about how the deposed president arrived or about his future in the country..
After fleeing Afghanistan last Sunday, which accelerated the Taliban seizing the capital without encountering resistance, there was speculation about Ghani’s presence in Tajikistan, a country bordering Afghanistan, Uzbekistan and even Oman.
After secretly leaving the country and without a public resignation from his position, Ghani said in a statement that he stepped down from power “to avoid bloodshed.”since, according to him, the Taliban were ready to attack Kabul to overthrow it.
So far, the politician has not made any statement. Emirates is the country that is facilitating the evacuations of Westerners and Afghans from Kabul, including Spaniards.
On Monday, the UAE said it was “working to facilitate the safe evacuation” of Afghanistan through Emirati airports for diplomatic personnel from France, the United Kingdom, the European Union, Canada, the United Nations World Food Program office. , United States, Germany and Egypt, among others.
The Emirati government confirmed that it was also evacuating all its diplomatic personnel from Afghanistan after the takeover of Kabul by the Taliban.
Emirates was one of the few countries that maintained relations with the Taliban during their previous period in power, before being expelled by the United States in 2001, the year in which the Arab country broke relations with them for their refusal to hand over the then leader of the Al Qaeda, Osama bin Laden, to the United States for the September 11 attacks.