Former Afghan President Ashraf Ghani has apologised to the people of Afghanistan after fleeing to take refuge in the United Arab Emirates as the Taliban advanced last month.
Ghani abruptly left Afghanistan as Taliban militants advanced on the capital on 15 August. Reports say he fled to UAE wwith about $169m (£123m) but he has denied those allegations.
“I’m sorry I could not make it end differently”.
He said he had not intended to abandon his people but “it was the only way”.
Ghani said he had no choice but to leave the country in order to avoid widespread violence.
He said he had devoted 20 years to helping Afghanistan become a “democratic, prosperous and sovereign state”.
He added that he had “deep and profound regret that my own chapter ended in similar tragedy to my predecessors”.
He said that when the Taliban entered the presidential palace in Kabul, “they started looking for me from room to room”.
Denying claims that he had taken a large amount of money with him when he left the country, Ghani said he was “not even allowed to take his sandals off and put hist shoes on”.