A former high-ranking Afghan official spoke on August 20 CNN about the last hours of the reign of President Ashraf Ghani, who fled the country.
He said that the president was not ready for such a rapid offensive by the Taliban (members of the radical Taliban movement banned in the Russian Federation) on the capital Kabul and was forced to flee the country.
In recent hours, a member of the Ghani administration met in Kabul with a prominent member of a group associated with both the Taliban and al-Qaeda (a terrorist organization banned in the Russian Federation), who bluntly told him that the government should surrender.
“In the days leading up to the arrival of the Taliban in Kabul, we worked on an agreement with the United States to peacefully transfer power to an inclusive government and the resignation of President Ghani,” the CNN official was quoted as saying.
The talks were underway when the Taliban had already entered the city, the channel’s source added.
At the same time, the Afghan authorities received information from intelligence for a year that if the militants seized power, the president would be killed.
“He went to Termez in Uzbekistan, where he spent the night, and from there to the United Arab Emirates. He did not take the money with him. He literally only had the clothes he was wearing at that moment, ”the ex-official said.
When asked about the relationship between Ghani and the United States in the last weeks before the radical seizure of power, the source said that the Americans “did not speak [бывшему президенту Афганистана] leave, but have developed a plan to speed up the negotiation process with the authorized team to travel to Doha for negotiations. ” After that, Ghani was to transfer power to an inclusive transitional government.
“The team was supposed to fly out on Monday, but Kabul fell on Sunday (August 15 – Ed.),” He said.
The official also said that the Afghan authorities were hastily working on the implementation of the plan until the last minute.
On August 15, Taliban fighters entered Kabul, after which they declared the “end of the war” in Afghanistan. They intend to announce the creation of the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan, and also demanded the withdrawal of foreign troops from the country.
On the same day, President Ashraf Ghani resigned and left the country, describing his decision to resign as a way to “avoid carnage.” In turn, the vice-president of Afghanistan under Ghani Amrullah Saleh declared himself interim head of state.
On August 16, the Russian ambassador to Kabul, Dmitry Zhirnov, said that the Taliban militants had guaranteed amnesty to the Afghan security forces and promised not to purge.
On August 17, the Taliban announced a general amnesty for officials of the former Afghan government and called for the resumption of work in government offices.