KABUL: Afghan President Ashraf Ghani left Kabul on Sunday with four cars and a helicopter stuffed with cash, Russian embassy in Afghanistan said on Monday.
“As for the collapse of the regime, it is most eloquently characterised by the way Ghani fled from Afghanistan: four cars were full of money, they tried to put part of the money into a helicopter, but everything did not fit. And some of the money was left on the runway”, Sputnik quoted Russian diplomatic mission spokesperson Nikita Ishenko as saying.
“It came as a surprise to a certain extent, as we were guided by the understanding that the Afghan Army, whatever it may be, will still resist for some time”, Kabulov pointed out.
However, Ghani on Sunday said that he left the country in order to avoid “bloodshed” as Kabul fell to the Taliban and terrorists entered the Afghanistan presidential palace.
In his first comments after he left Afghanistan, in a Facebook post, Ghani said that from now on, the Taliban will be responsible for the “honour, wealth and preservation” of Afghanistan’s people.
Ghani added that he was faced with a “hard choice” between the “armed Taliban” or “leaving the dear country that I dedicated my life to protecting the past 20 years”.
Meanwhile, the Taliban leaders are discussing future government plans in Doha after gaining control of Kabul and seizing the presidential palace in Afghanistan’s capital. The terror group is in touch with the international community and intra-Afghan parties to make government in Afghanistan.
Situation in Afghanistan ‘better’
Russian Ambassador to Afghanistan Dmitry Zhirnov on Monday said the situation in the Afghan capital of Kabul was better in the first day of control by the Taliban than it was under President Ashraf Ghani, local media reported.
“I judge by the first day of their control of Kabul. The impressions are good. Now the situation in Kabul is better than it was under Ashraf Ghani. That is, it is better under the Taliban terrorists than under Ghani,” the Ambassador to Afghanistan said in a live broadcast of the Ekho Moskvy radio station on Monday.
The Taliban entered Kabul on Sunday and took control of the presidential palace. Soon after the terror group claimed control over the Afghan capital, several countries evacuated their diplomatic personnel from the country. Hundreds of people flocked to the Kabul airport in an attempt to leave Afghanistan. (ANI)