Abu Dhabi (AFP)
The UAE said on Wednesday it was hosting former Afghan President Ashraf Ghani “on humanitarian grounds” after fleeing the country amid a Taliban takeover.
“The UAE Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation can confirm that the UAE has welcomed President Ashraf Ghani and his family to the country on humanitarian grounds,” he said in a brief statement. .
Ghani fled Afghanistan on Sunday as the Taliban moved closer to Kabul, before insurgents entered the Afghan capital unopposed.
In a Facebook post, Ghani said that “the Taliban won” and that he fled to avoid “bloodshed”.
His whereabouts were unknown until Wednesday, with speculation he had fled to Tajiktan, Uzbekistan or Oman.
This would not be the first time that the oil-rich Gulf country has opened its arms to former leaders and their loved ones, now persona non grata in their country.
In 2017, the Emirate of Dubai hosted former Thai Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra, sentenced in absentia to five years in prison.
Spain’s King Juan Carlos went into self-exile in the United Arab Emirates in August last year as questions arose about the origins of his fortune. in 2007.
The United Arab Emirates is one of three countries, including Saudi Arabia and Pakistan, that have recognized the former Taliban regime, which ruled from 1996 to 2001.
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