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Afghan girls robotics team given US visa after outrage

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Afghan girl robotics teamUS officials have decided to allow a group of Afghan girls - whose visa applications had been rejected twice - to travel to the United States and participate in an international robotics competition, ending a saga that had sparked an international backlash.

Department of Homeland Security spokesman David Lapan said the US Citizenship and Immigration Services approved a Department of State request for six girls from the war-torn country to be allowed in, along with their chaperone, so they can participate in the competition.

The non-profit organising the competition celebrated the reversal in a statement on Wednesday.

"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," said Joe Sestak, the president of First Global.e

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