Afghanistan’s former President Ashraf Ghani has apologised to Afghans for fleeing the country last month after the Taliban took over the capital, Kabul.
Ghani said he never wished for his rue to end the way it did, adding that it was never his intent to “abandon the people.”
In a statement published on Twitter on Wednesday, Ghani said he left on August 15 at the urging of the palace security to avoid the risk of bloodshed.
“Leaving Kabul was the most difficult decision of my life, but I believed it was the only way to keep the guns silent and save Kabul and her 6 million citizens,” he said.
Ghani also reacted to claims by a former Afghan ambassador to neighbouring Tajikistan, Zahir Aghbar, who alleged Ghani took about $169m with him when he left the country.
The former president denied looting the treasury when he fled, saying he is ready to be investigated to prove his innocence.
Ghani, who is currently in Abu Dhabi, lamented that, like his predecessors, he too had been unable to bring peace and prosperity to the war-torn country.
“It is with a deep and profound regret that my own chapter ended in a similar tragedy to my predecessors,” he said. “I apologize to the Afghan people that I could not make it end differently.”
Ghani’s statement comes a day after the Taliban announced their new interim government.