Later, the Department of State reported that the Secretary of State made a slip of the tongue and mentioned his predecessor Hamid Karzai instead of Ashraf Ghani.
The day before the fall of Kabul and his flight from the country, Afghan President Ashraf Ghani assured the American side that he intended to fight to the end with the radical Taliban movement. This was stated on Sunday by U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken in an interview with CBS.
“What we have witnessed is quite amazing. The government has fallen. The armed forces have collapsed,” the head of American diplomacy noted.
“By the way, I spoke on the phone with [former] President [of Afghanistan Hamid] Karzai the day before and he convinced me that he intended, as he put it, to stand to the death. Well, the next day, he was gone,” Blinken said.
According to CBS, the Department of State later explained that Blinken made a slip of the tongue and mentioned his predecessor Karzai instead of Ghani.