Former Afghan minister says he was not considered as transitional president

Ali Jalali says he was 'never contacted and never been considered'


Reuters August 17, 2021
Former Afghan Interior Minister Ali Ahmad Jalali speaks during a news conference in Kabul, Afghanistan September 28, 2005. PHOTO: REUTERS

WASHINGTON:

Former Afghan Interior Minister Ali Jalali on Monday said he was never under consideration to become transitional president for Afghanistan and that he would never have accepted the position.

"The bottom line is that I've never been contacted. I've never been considered. I never thought about it, and I'm not interested," Jalali, who served as Afghanistan's first interior minister after a 2001 US-led invasion, told Reuters.

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Jalali, who is a professor at the US National Defence University in Washington, spoke by telephone from Washington.

He was responding to a Reuters report that quoted three diplomatic sources on Sunday as saying he would likely be named to head a transitional administration in Kabul as the Taliban took over the capital.

Jalali noted that he would be barred from serving as Afghanistan's president because the country's constitution restricts the post to Afghan citizens and he also has US citizenship.

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