Afghan girl robotics team gets US visa

Dhaka,  Wed,  23 August 2017
Published : 13 Jul 2017, 17:40:23
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Afghan girl robotics team gets US visa

US officials have decided to allow a group of Afghan girls - whose visa applications had been rejected twice - to travel to the United States and participate in an international robotics competition, ending a saga that had sparked an international backlash, says an Al Jazeera report.

Department of Homeland Security spokesman David Lapan said the US Citizenship and Immigration Services approved a Department of State request for six girls from the war-torn country to be allowed in, along with their chaperone, so they can participate in the competition.

The non-profit organising the competition celebrated the reversal in a statement on Wednesday.

"I truly believe our greatest power is the power to convene nations, to bring people together in the pursuit of a common goal and prove that our similarities greatly outweigh our differences," said Joe Sestak, the president of First Global.

He credited "the professional leadership of the US State Department" for ensuring that all 163 teams from 157 countries, including a team of Syrian refugees, would be able to participate.

 
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