Hacked Facebook Account Of Ousted Afghan President Calls For Cooperation With Taliban

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Mohammad Ashraf Ghani, speaks in a televised address in Kabul, capital of Afghanistan, on August 14, a day before the country’s capital fell to the Taliban.

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The United Arab Emirates Is Sheltering Afghanistan’s Ousted President, Ashraf Ghani

The original Facebook message, which appears to have since been removed, reportedly called for other nations to «interact with the current government instead of alienating the Afghan people.»

If the world «wants a prosperous and secure Afghanistan, it must extend a hand of friendship,» the message reportedly said. «It cannot be influenced by hostility as it has experienced in the last twenty years.»

Ghani says he left to prevent even more bloodshed

Days after fleeing the capital in the wake of a lightening-fast takeover of Kabul by the Taliban on Aug. 15, the United Arab Emirates announced that it had granted Ghani and his family permission to stay in the Gulf state on «humanitarian grounds.»

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Last month, Ghani posted a statement on Twitter saying that he left the country «at the urging of palace security who advised me that to remain risked setting off the same horrific street-to-street fighting the city had suffered during the Civil War of the 1990s.»

«Leaving Kabul was the most difficult decision of my life,» he said.

He apologized that he «could not make it end differently,» and said he had not meant to abandon the Afghan people, but that «it was the only way.»

He is denying allegations of corruption

In the statement, Ghani also pushed back on what he said were «baseless» accusations that he had arrived in the UAE with «millions of dollars of cash belonging the the Afghan people,» calling them «categorically false.»

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He said corruption had plagued Afghanistan «for decades» and that he’d done his best as president to deal with it, but that he had «inherited a monster that could not easily or quickly be defeated.»

«My wife and I have been scrupulous in our personal finances,» he insisted. «I have publicly declared all of my assets.»

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