Afghan team gets US visa for global robotics competition

Kabul, July 13 (IANS) A six-member team of Afghan schoolgirls has been finally granted US visas to participate in a global robotics competition, a media report said on Thursday.

Girls from 160 countries, according to the report, would attend the contest to show their abilities and Afghan girls would demonstrate their talents in making robots at the event, reports Xinhua news agency.

Earlier, the US embassy refused to issue visa for Afghan girls, reportedly fearing that they may overstay or may refuse to return home.

Members of Afghan girls’ team have said they are eager to put in display the robots made by them in the competition which will begin on Sunday in Washington.

–IANS

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