Government spokesman Marios Pelekanou has denied a Turkish newspaper report that Afghan President Ashraf Ghani intended to apply for asylum in the Republic of Cyprus.
On Wednesday, the Turkish newspaper Yeni Safak claimed that Ghani had applied or was considering applying for asylum in Cyprus.
“We would like to clarify that such a request has never been submitted to the Asylum Service of the interior ministry, nor in any of our embassies abroad,” Pelekanou said on Thursday.
Afghanistan’s exiled president lands in UAE
Afghanistan’s President Ashraf Ghani left the country on Sunday as the Taliban took over the capital Kabul.
Afghanistan’s former President, Ashraf Ghani, is in the United Arab Emirates, its foreign ministry said in a statement Wednesday.
Mr Ghani left Afghanistan as the Taliban advanced on the capital city Kabul over the weekend.
“For now, I am in the Emirates so that bloodshed and chaos is stopped,” he said. “I am currently in talks to return to Afghanistan.”
Mr Ghani also said rumours that he had travelled to the UAE with a large amount of money were “completely baseless” and “lies”.