Afghan girls robotics team given US visa after outrage

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New York: A group of Afghan school girls taking part in a robotics competition in the US have been granted visas to attend it, after their initial applications were denied.

A US travel ban is in place for six Muslim-majority countries, which does not include Afghanistan.

Students from the Gambia earlier also had their visa rejection overturned. According to AP, Homeland Security Department spokesman David Lapan said the visas for the Afghan girls had been approved after a request by the state department.

White House spokeswoman Sarah Huckabee Sanders attributed the request to an intervention by President Trump, the news agency said.

The competition organised by non-profit group First Global will see teams from 164 countries compete in a series of robotic games.

The US President’s daughter and adviser Ivanka Trump tweeted in response to news that she looked forward to welcoming the Afghan team to Washington.