Daily US Times: Ashraf Ghani, the former president of Afghanistan, has apologised to the Afghans after fleeing the country to take refuge in the United Arab Emirates.
Mr Ghani said: “Leaving Kabul was the most difficult decision of my life,” adding that he was sorry he “could not make it end differently”.
Mr Ghani abruptly left the capital Kabul as Taliban fighters advanced on the capital on 15 August.
He said he hadn’t intended to abandon his people but “it was the only way”.
Mr Ghani also again denied the “baseless” allegations that he had travelled to the UAE with about $169m.
Mr Ghani, who has faced intense criticism from other politicians of Afghanistan for leaving the country, said in a statement shared on Twitter on Wednesday that he had no choice but to leave the country in order to avoid widespread violence.
He wrote: “I left at the urging of the palace security, who advised me that to stay risked setting off the same street-to-street fighting the city had suffered during the civil war of the 1990s.” He added that he did so to “save Kabul and her six million citizens”.
The former president of Afghanistan said he had devoted 20 years to helping the country become a “democratic, prosperous and sovereign state”.
The 72-year-old former president added that he had “deep and profound regret that my own chapter ended in similar tragedy to my predecessors”.
Mr Ghani said he would address the “events leading up to my departure” in the near future.