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Trump Intervenes To Allow Afghan Girls To Join Robotics Competition

Trump Intervenes To Allow Afghan Girls To Join Robotics Competition

Trump Intervenes To Allow Afghan Girls To Join Robotics Competition

After twice being denied entry, a group of six Afghan girls will be allowed to come to the U.S.to compete in an worldwide robotics competition next week, according to a report Wednesday. It takes place from July 1 to 18 in Washington, D.C. However, the move sparked an global outcry and only after U.S President Donald Trump reportedly stepped in on Wednesday night (Kabul time) was the initial decision overturned and visas were ordered to be issued.

The u.s. authorities had initially prohibited the participation in this contest to several pupils or students from countries with a muslim majority, in line with the more stringent policy in terms of visas, adopted by the administration of president Donald Trump.

"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", the group's president, former Navy admiral Joe Sestak, said in a statement.

The US State Department declined to comment on why the girls' visa application had previously been denied. A spokesperson for the agency told the Associated Press on Wednesday that "all visa applications are adjudicated on a case-by-case basis in accordance with US law".

According to the Politico, the Department of Homeland Security allowed the students entry under a parole system, which would let them stay in the U.S. for 10 days.

According to Politico, Trump intervened to grant the robotics teams visas after hearing about the situation. Teams from Syria, Iran and Sudan - which are on that list - were granted visas to compete.

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Reportedly, Trump raised the issue with his national security adviser, HR General McMaster, during his trip to Germany last week for the Group of 20 summit, and had asked for additional options.

"I look forward to welcoming this brilliant team of Afghan girls, and their competitors, to Washington DC next week!"

Non-profit First Global created the contest as a way to spark interest in science and tech for high schoolers across the globe.

After a month of checking US State Department allowed them to take part in the competition.Girls are now eventually able to make their robot creation. Roya Mahboob founder of software company Citadel who organized their interview told that the girls were very disappointed and they were crying all day.

The initial rejection and denial of an appeal was particularly heartbreaking for the team.

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