UAE hosting Afghanistan’s ex-president ‘on humanitarian grounds’


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UAE hosting Afghanistan’s ex-president ‘on humanitarian grounds’
Emirati foreign ministry confirms Ashraf Ghani is in the country; his whereabouts had been unknown since he fled Kabul in face of Taliban advance
18 August 2021

ABU DHABI, United Arab Emirates — The United Arab Emirates said on Wednesday that it is hosting former Afghan president Ashraf Ghani “on humanitarian grounds,” after he fled his country amid a Taliban takeover. Ghani’s whereabouts had been unknown after he fled Afghanistan at the weekend in the face of a sweeping advance by the Taliban. “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 ministry said in a brief statement.

Ghani left Afghanistan on Sunday as the Taliban closed in on Kabul, before the insurgents walked into the Afghan capital unopposed. In a Facebook post, Ghani said the “Taliban have won” and that he fled to avoid a “flood of bloodshed.”