Afghan President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani released his first statement after leaving Afghanistan, saying he opted to abandon the country in a bid to prevent bloodshed and destruction of the capital.
Ghani further added that the Taliban group had vowed to carry out deadly attacks in Kabul to remove him from power.
In a televised speech a day earlier, Ghani said the country is facing an imminent and serious threat of instability due to an imposed war.
He assured the nation that he will they everything he can to prevent the country from descending into further instability and violence, and displacement of the people.
Meanwhile, efforts are underway for the peaceful transition of power following the retreat of the president.
A council led by the former President Hamid Karzai, Chief of the High Peace Council Abdullah, and Hezb-e-Islami leader Gulbuddin Hekmatyar has been formed to prevent chaos, better administration of peace efforts, and peaceful transition of power.