Afghan Girls' Robotics Team Arrives in US

Image Members of Afghan robotics girls team arrive to receive their visas from the U.S. embassy in Kabul

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A members of a female robotics team from Herat province, shows her US Visa as she leaves Kabul to the US from Kabul Airport on Friday.

A team of Afghan girls who were earlier denied visas to attend a Washington robotics competition landed in the United States early Saturday following an intervention by US President Donald Trump.

One member of the team, Yasamin said: "I thank the U.S officials who supported us and did not forget the people of Afghanistan".

Trump intervened to find a way to permit the girls entry, the AP reports.

Conway retweeted a story about how early Saturday morning, the Afghani girls - who were twice denied entry to the country by the State Department for reasons that haven't yet been specified - finally arrived in Washington DC to participate in an worldwide competition. Some pushed back against the speculation and pointed out that Afghanistan is not included in the list of six countries targeted by the president's executive order.

U.S authorities initially refused to issue the girls with visas. He said 10 percent of Afghans who are awarded temporary visas for academic purposes in the United States or Europe defy immigration rules to remain there permanently.

"Seventeen years ago, this would not have been possible at all", Mohib said in an interview. Teams from over 150 countries will be participating. "Go girls!", tweeted U.S State Department spokeswoman Heather Nauert. The girls spent six months building their robot, the AP reports, often working six days a week - and then they had to persuade their parents to let them go, in a country that often discourages girls in science and math.

The Taliban, ousted by the USA -led coalition in 2001, denied schooling to girls when they ruled the war-torn country. The decision would allow the six girls from the war-torn country into the USA, along with their chaperones, so they can participate in the competition.

It points to a Human Rights Watch report from July 7 that highlights the team's efforts to visit the US and enter the competition.

This president is devoid of competence and accomplishment that people in his administration, like Kellyanne Conway, are going to desperate lengths to try to spin some sort of productive activity that they can use as a positive sign that Trump is not a total failure of a president.

"It's a happy moment for our team", Mehraban told the AP.

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