Afghan President Ashraf Ghani resigns, leaves country
Afghan President Ashraf Ghani has left the country surrendering Kabul to the Taliban, reported 24News HD TV channel on Sunday.
According to Afghan media reports, President Ashraf Ghani left the country along with his team as the Taliban fighters neared Kabul, Afghanistan's capital city.
The international media reports claimed that Ashraf Ghani has departed to Tajikistan after resigning as the Afghan president.
Earlier, the Taliban fighters have entered the outskirts of Kabul, tightening their grip on the nation as tens of thousands fled their rapid advance.
The Taliban and the Afghan government leaders held negotiations in Kabul for a peaceful handing over of the government to the Taliban.
Mullah Baradar, deputy leader of Taliban, is also expected to arrive in Afghanistan, foreign news agencies reported.
The Taliban also now hold all of Afghanistan's border crossings across the country.
The Afghan government delegation will hold talks with the Taliban in Qatar. The delegation led by Abdullah Abdullah will leave for Doha. Both the parties will talk about setting up an interim government.
A nine-member Taliban delegation spent a whole day on Sunday in the presidential place to hold talks. Taliban spokesman Sohail Sheen said they would not enter Kabul by force. He said the leadership had already stopped the fighter to enter the city. He said they would give a safe passage to the people leaving Kabul.
According to the international media reports, all the government offices had been evacuated and markets had been shut down in some areas of the city. The Taliban had also taken control of the central roads of the city.