Afghan President Ashraf Ghani leaves Kabul after stepping down as President of Afghanistan. Former interior minister Ali Ahmad Jalali is likely to replace him for the interim government.
Afghan President Ghani will hand over power to Ali Ahmad Jalali in the coming hours. Deputy leader of Taliban, Mullah Bradar, has arrived in Kabul with Jalali to form the interim government, informed Taliban spokesman Zabiullah Mujahid to Da Radio Azadi via WhatsApp.
“There is no operation planned to take Kabul. It will be resolved through talks.”
Abdullah Abdullah, head of the High Council for National Reconciliation (HCNR), confirmed that Abdul Ghani resigned from the position of president.
Abdullah Abdullah, head of the HCNR, has asked people to keep calm and directed the Afghan forces to cooperate in ensuring security.
Abdullah asks the Taliban to allow some time for talks before entering the city of Kabul.
TALIBAN ENTER KABUL
Taliban insurgents entered the Afghanistan capital Kabul on Sunday, an interior ministry official said, as the United States evacuated diplomats from its embassy by helicopter.
The senior official told Reuters the Taliban were coming in “from all sides” but gave no further details.
A tweet from the Afghan Presidential palace account said the firing had been heard at a number of points around Kabul but that security forces, in coordination with international partners, had control of the city.
U.S. officials said the diplomats were being ferried to the airport from the embassy in the fortified Wazir Akbar Khan district. More American troops were being sent to help in the evacuations after the Taliban’s lightning advances brought the Islamist group to Kabul in a matter of days.
Just last week, a US intelligence estimate said Kabul could hold out for at least three months.
“Core” U.S. team members were working from the Kabul airport, a U.S. official said, while a NATO official said several EU staff had moved to a safer, undisclosed location in the capital.
A Taliban official told Reuters the group did not want any casualties as it took to charge but had not declared a ceasefire.
There was no immediate word on the situation from President Ashraf Ghani, who said on Saturday he was in urgent consultations with local leaders and international partners on the situation.