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Afghan robotics team wins Rajaa Cherkaoui El Moursli award

Afghan robotics team wins Rajaa Cherkaoui El Moursli award

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Jul 19, 2017 - 08:54

WASHINGTON (Pajhwok): The All-Afghan girl robotics team has won the Rajaa Cherkaoui El Moursli award for courageous achievement at the First Global Challenge in Washington.

The six-member team, which arrived in the US over the weekend due to last-minute intervention from President Donald Trump, was the center of attention at the competition. They had twice been denied visas.

“They are future leaders of Afghanistaninfo-icon and strong ambassadors for their country,” a State Department Spokesperson told Pajhwok Afghan News.

"The State Department worked incredibly well with the Department of Homeland Security to ensure that this case was reviewed and handled appropriately," Dina Powell, deputy national security adviser for strategy, said in a statement.

"We could not be prouder of this delegation of young womeninfo-icon who are also scientists -- they represent the best of the Afghan people and embody the promise that their aspirations can be fulfilled. They are future leaders of Afghanistan and strong ambassadors for their country."

Earlier in the day, Ivanka Trump and Deputy Secretary of State John Sullivan spoke with the girls at the Global First robotics competition in Washington and watched the team’s participation.

“We could not be prouder of this delegation of young women who are also scientists — they represent the best of the Afghan people and embody the promise that their aspirations can be fulfilled,” the State Department said.

Members of the Afghan robotics team were later felicitated at a reception held at the Afghan Embassy in Washington DC. First Lady of Afghanistan congratulated the girls via video message for their amazing work.

White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders said Trump took a great deal of interest in making sure that the Afghan girls were able to come to the US to attend the competition. “We are excited that they're here,” she said.

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