The Secretary of State answered in the negative to the question of whether the United States helped the former president of Afghanistan to leave the country.
Shortly before he left the country, the former president of Afghanistan, Ashraf Ghani, assured the American side that he intended to fight the radical Taliban movement to death. U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken announced this in an interview with journalists of the Afghan TV channel TOLOnews, excerpts of which were published on Wednesday.
“The night before he left, he told me that he would fight to the death,” said the head of the American Foreign Ministry. He answered in the negative to the question of whether the United States helped Ghani leave the country. Blinken added that he also discussed with Ghani the “transfer of power” in Afghanistan.
The radical Taliban movement launched a large-scale operation to establish control over Afghanistan after the decision announced by the United States in the spring to withdraw forces from the country. On August 15, Ghani resigned and left the country, and the Taliban entered Kabul without a fight. U.S. military personnel left Afghanistan completely last week, ending their 20-year presence in this country.