“The reason I left was because I didn’t want to give the Taliban and their supporters the pleasure of once again humiliating the Afghan president and forcing him to sign a government legitimacy document,” he told CNN.

On August 15, the head of Afghanistan's Supreme Council for National Reconciliation, Abdullah Abdullah, confirmed that Afghan President Ashraf Ghani had left the country.

Earlier, during his video message, he promised to return to Afghanistan in the near future.

Ghani also said that a conspiracy was being prepared in the country that threatened his life.

* "Taliban" - the organization is under UN sanctions for terrorist activities.