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Afghan team gets US visa for global robotics competition

A six-member team of Afghan schoolgirls has been finally granted US visas to participate in a global robotics competition.

Published: 13th July 2017 03:54 PM  |   Last Updated: 13th July 2017 03:54 PM   |  A+A-

Teenagers from the Afghanistan Robotic House, a private training institute, practice at the Better Idea Organization center, in Herat, Afghanistan. U.S. President Donald Trump intervened to allow the group of Afghan girls into the country to participate in a robotics competition. White House spokeswoman Sarah Huckabee Sanders confirmed the president’s intervention Wednesday, July 12, 2017. The six female students from Afghanistan had hoped to participate in an international robotics competition this month, but their visa applications to enter the U.S. were denied twice. (AP Photo)

Teenagers from the Afghanistan Robotic House, a private training institute, practice at the Better Idea Organization center, in Herat, Afghanistan. U.S. President Donald Trump intervened to allow the group of Afghan girls into the country to participate in a robotics competition. White House spokeswoman Sarah Huckabee Sanders confirmed the president’s intervention Wednesday, July 12, 2017. The six female students from Afghanistan had hoped to participate in an international robotics competition this month, but their visa applications to enter the U.S. were denied twice. (AP Photo)

By IANS

KABUL: A six-member team of Afghan schoolgirls has been finally granted US visas to participate in a global robotics competition, a media report said on Thursday.

Girls from 160 countries, according to the report, would attend the contest to show their abilities and Afghan girls would demonstrate their talents in making robots at the event, reports Xinhua news agency.

Earlier, the US embassy refused to issue visa for Afghan girls, reportedly fearing that they may overstay or may refuse to return home.

Members of Afghan girls' team have said they are eager to put in display the robots made by them in the competition which will begin on Sunday in Washington. 

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