Blinken Discloses Last Call with Ghani
September 9, 2021
US Secretary of State Antony Blinken revealed his last phone call with former Afghan President Ashraf Ghani, saying he was willing to fight to the death and that the US was unaware of any plans for him to flee the war-torn country with “tons of cash.” “We certainly did nothing to facilitate Ghani’s departure from Kabul,” Blinken told Tolo News. “What I do know is that he left the country, and in a very short period of time, the security forces and its institutions as well as the government collapsed.”
In response to a question about whether the US would recognize or work with the Taliban government, the US top official stated that “if the future government of Afghanistan is able to uphold the basic rights of people, the basic human aspiration,” then “we can work with the government; if it doesn’t, we won’t.”
According to Blinken, the US is currently focusing on working with the international community to set clear expectations for the government that emerges in Afghanistan and communicating those expectations to the government. He blamed the Afghan government for what happened in the country in the 100 days leading up to August 15, saying that while many soldiers fought bravely, the army as an institution collapsed.
“I have to say that so many Afghans in the security services intervened with amazing bravery and sacrifice. So many people died. However, as an institution, it failed. And the government eventually fled. All of this occurred in a very short period of time “He stated. Earlier today, Ashraf Ghani, who fled the country last month as the Taliban advanced on Kabul, issued an apology to Afghans, saying he “could not make it end differently.”
Ghani said in a statement on Twitter on Wednesday that he left at the request of palace security to avoid the risk of bloody street fighting, and he rejected seizing millions from the reserve bank once more. Ghani expressed regret that his “own chapter” ended in tragedy, as had his predecessors’, and that he had to leave Kabul without securing Afghanistan’s security and prosperity.
“Exiting Kabul would be the toughest decision of my life”, “but I believed it was the only way to keep the guns silent and save Kabul and her six million citizens.” In response to claims made by the Russian embassy’s spokesperson in Kabul, Ashraf Ghani denied fleeing Afghanistan with “four cars and a chopper full of cash.” The former Afghan president, who called the charges “completely and categorically false,” said corruption is a curse that has plagued the war-torn country for decades.