Afghan girls robotics team allowed in United States after Trump intervention

Afghan girls robotics team allowed in United States after Trump intervention

Afghan girls robotics team allowed in United States after Trump intervention

President Donald Trump reportedly urged US officials to allow girls from Afghanistan to enter the country so they could compete in an worldwide robotics contest.

The teenagers were denied access to the US under the president's executive order on travel after making multiple trips to their country's capital depsite the dangers of the war-torn region.

Trump reportedly became aware of the the girls' case and asked officials at the National Security Council if there was anything that could be done.

But the United States president urged a reversal following public outcry over the Afghan girls' inability to attend the event, according to United States media, with the decision announced Wednesday. Members of the team from Gambia were also granted visas after initially being denied.

FIRST Global president, former U.S. Navy Admiral and Congressman Joe Sestak said in a statement that he was pleased that the team will be allowed to participate.

While Afghanistan is not one of the nations the Trump administration lists as a target for a travel ban, it is comprised of a majority of Muslims.

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The competition organised by non-profit group First Global will see teams from 164 countries compete in a series of robotic games. "That is why I am most grateful to the U.S. Government and its State Department for ensuring Afghanistan, as well as Gambia, would be able to join us for this worldwide competition this year".

"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 worldwide competition this year", said the president of the First Global organization, Joe Sestak, who noted that teams from Yemen, Libya and Morocco would also attend.

Parole is a temporary status in which a person who is otherwise ineligible to enter the country is allowed in temporarily because of an emergency or humanitarian goal.

"Afghanistan is a country at war and doesn't have a lot of resources at hand", team member Fatima Qadari said.

In a latest development, the president's daughter, Ivanka Trump, tweeted her support on Wednesday, saying she looked forward to welcoming "this brilliant team of Afghan girls" to Washington next week.

Charity First Global holds its annual robotics challenge in the hope of sparking an interest in science and technology.

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