ormer Afghan President Ashraf Ghani, who fled the country after the Taliban takeover on Sunday, has been “welcomed” in the UAE, the country’s foreign ministry said, according to reports.
Multiple news sites said Ghani, who first went to Tajikistan, where he was reportedly not allowed to land, and then went to Oman, has finally been granted shelter in the UAE.
Ghani and his family are in the Gulf state. The UAE foreign ministry said that they have been welcomed there on “humanitarian grounds” .
“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.
The statement, quoting the UAE Foreign Ministry, was carried by UAE’s state-run WAM news agency.
However, the one-line statement did not mention Ashraf Ghani’s current location.
Ghani (72) had fled Afghanistan along with his family after Taliban surrounded the capital city of Kabul on Sunday.
Reports had indicated that Ashraf Ghani spent some time in Oman after the government in Tajikistan denied his aircraft permission to land following his departure from Afghanistan.
Ghani was reportedly accompanied by his National Security Advisor (NSA) Hamdullah Mohib. The whereabouts of Mohib are still unknown.
Meanwhile, the first vice president in the Ghani administration – Amrullah Saleh – took to Twitter on Tuesday to say that “unlike the US and NATO”, he has not lost hope and will continue to resist the Taliban. Saleh claimed that, as per the Afghan constitution, he is the legitimate caretaker president of Afghanistan in Ghani’s absence.