The six-girl team and their chaperone completed their journey just after midnight from their hometown of Herat, Afghanistan, to enter their ball-sorting robot in the three-day high school competition starting Sunday in the USA capital.
The all-girls national robotics team who were earlier denied visas to attend an worldwide robotics competition in Washington were given a warm welcome at Dulles global Airport by Afghans and Americans after landing in the United States early Saturday. Two previous attempts to secure visas, which involved traveling 500 miles to the U.S. Embassy in Kabul, had failed.
But the U.S president intervened following a public outcry over the Afghan girls' inability to attend the event.
On Tuesday, U.S congressman Joe Courtney and congresswoman Suzanne Bonamici sent a letter signed by 53 members of the United States House of Representatives to the U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson urging him to issue visas for the girls.
Left unmentioned by Conway is the fact the Trump administration is now fighting in federal court to implement a travel ban that would bar nationals of six Muslim-majority countries from entering the US.
Mehraban said the girls were selected from among 150 aspiring engineers in Herat, a sprawling province that borders Iran and has been among the more stable parts of Afghanistan in the 16 years since the USA -led military invasion.
Neither the president nor anyone on the White House staff have provided an official explanation as to why the team's visa applications were rejected twice, but critics cited Trump's travel ban - partially reinstated by the Supreme Court in late June - as the likely cause.
According to the American media report, the USA has finally given visa to young girls of Afghanistan to participate in a contest that creates robots. Several years ago, Shaheen said, 12 female university lecturers won scholarships to obtain master's degrees in economics in Germany.
Over 160 countries will attend the global robotics challenge which will be held in Washington from July 16.
Competing against entrants from more than 150 countries, the girls will present a robot they devised that can recognize blue and orange and sort balls into correct locations.
Organizer Ali Reza Mehraban of the Digital Citizen Foundation said the decision meant "supporting peace and women of Afghanistan, who have been deprived of everything for the past forty years". "We are going from a war-torn country and the objective is to show the capability of Afghan women. Go girls!", tweeted State Department spokeswoman Heather Nauert.