Erstwhile Afghanistan President Ashraf Ghani in UAE

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Photo: Ashraf Ghani

The United Arab Emirates (UAE) has confirmed that erstwhile Afghan President Ashraf Ghani is in the country after fleeing Afghanistan earlier this week as the Taliban seized control, the VOA reports.

Ghani fled Afghanistan on Sunday before Taliban fighters arrived in Kabul without resistance.

Ghani posted on Facebook that the “Taliban have won” and that he left Afghanistan to prevent a “flood of bloodshed.”

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Until Wednesday, it was believed Ghani had fled to Oman, Tajikistan or Uzbekistan.

In his first public comments since his departure, Ghani said his continued presence in Afghanistan would have led to more killing.

Ghani also denied unconfirmed reports that he had a large amount of money when he fled and noted his denial can be verified by customs.

U.S. President Joe Biden earlier this week admitted the Taliban’s seizure of the country was surprisingly fast but still defended the withdrawal of U.S. troops.

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