Ashraf Ghani said he had just minutes to decide to flee and denies an agreement was in the works for a peaceful takeover, disputing accounts of former government officials, Taliban and a U.S. official
Ghani said in a BBC interview that an adviser gave him just minutes to decide to abandon the capital, He also denied accusations that he left Afghanistan with milions in stolen money.
Afghanistan is scheduled to address the ongoing UN General Assembly session on September 27.
Surprised that the Taliban talked about inclusivity but did not even "dress it up", Dalrymple said the new government wouldn't appeal to either Western donors, a majority of Afghans including women.
In a statement on Twitter, Ghani said he left at the urging of the palace security in order to avoid the risk of bloody street fighting, and again denied stealing millions from the treasury.
The Taliban on September 7, unveiled a hardline interim government led by Mullah Mohammad Hasan Akhund, with key roles being shared by high-profile members of the insurgent group.
Drawn mostly from Afghanistan's dominant Pashtun ethnic group, the Cabinet's lack of representation from other ethnic groups also seems certain to hobble its support from abroad.
Still, independent Afghan news stations are keeping female presenters on the air and testing the limits of media freedom under the group, whose militants have killed journalists in the past.
"The Chinese Deputy Foreign Minister said that they would maintain their embassy in Kabul, adding our relations would beef up as compared to the past," a Taliban spokesperson said.
While the West has adopted a wait-and-see approach to the Taliban, there were some signs of engagement with the new leaders gathering pace.
Pakistan's ambassador to the United Nations, Munir Akram stressed that humanitarian help must be top priority and called it "very unhelpful" for Afghanistan's assets to have been frozen by the West.
Although 'Kabuliwalas' are popularly known to be moneylenders, according to Amir, the Pathans in Kolkata are currently engaged in a variety of professions like selling clothes and dry fruits.
Moscow fought a 10-year war in Afghanistan that ended with Soviet troops’ withdrawal in 1989 and has made a diplomatic comeback as a mediator, jockeying with the U.S. for influence in the country.
On the agenda for world leaders there is expected to be a push for the US to seek an extension of the August 31 deadline, as time is running out for the evacuation of foreign nationals.
China has expressed readiness to work with all parties in Afghanistan, including the Taliban, to rebuild the war-torn nation.