US Granted Visa to Afghan Girl Roboticists

A group of school girls from Afghanistan have been granted US visa after their  initial applications were denied. They are taking part in a robotics competition which will take place in Washington D.C United States next week.

According to the news agency US President Donald Trump has urged the authorities to re-access their decision. Till now six Muslim majority countries are enlisted in the travel ban policy for US as per the executive order signed by Mr. Trump. The list does not include Afghanistan.

Students from the Gambian region also got their visa rejection reversed and this happened the very first time since US President came into power. The US state department played a vital role for getting the visas of the Afghan girls approved stated by Homeland Security spokesman David Lapan.

This issue was attributed by the request of White House spokeswoman to President Trump according to BBC News. This competition of robotic games is organized by non-profit group First Global which will host teams from 164 countries across the globe.

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The adviser and daughter of US president Ivanka Trump also tweeted and she is looking forward welcome the Afghan team in Washington D.C coming week. The team consists of six  teenage high school students who are participating in the competition which will take place from 16-18 July.

The president of First Global said in a statement, “I am most grateful to the US Government and its state department for ensuring Afghanistan, as well as Gambia, would be able to join us for this international competition this year,”

Initially the visas of Afghan girls had been reportedly blocked in-spite the two interviews conducted. Loosing all the hopes, the students then expected to watch the competition via Skype from their hometown in western province of Afghanistan.

“We were not a terrorist group to go to America and scare people and we just wanted to show the power and skills of Afghan girls to Americans.” said 14 year old participant from the team told by the news agency in Herat, Afghanistan.

Teenagers from the Afghanistan Robotic House, a private training institute, practice at the Better Idea Organization center in Herat   Politico

“All 163 teams from 157 countries have gained approval to the United States, including Iran, Sudan, and a team of Syrian refugees,” stated by the Joe Sestak, the president of First Global. He added, “I could not be more proud.”

The competition organized by First Global targets the science, engineering and technology subjects while creating a healthy environment between students of nations across the earth.


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