PHOTOS: Ivanka Trump attends global robotics conference, meets Afghanistan team

President Trump's eldest daughter and senior adviser greeted participants at a global robotics competition in Washington on Tuesday, paying a special visit to one team that struggled to get visa clearance before the event.

The FIRST Global competition is an annual event put on by the non-profit with a mission of inspiring STEM around the world.

"With 160+ countries represented, @FIRSTweets goes beyond robotics," Ivanka Trump wrote with a Twitter post on Tuesday. "It is a game everyone can play & where everyone can turn pro!"

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The six girls representing Afghanistan in the competition faced an uphill battle leading up to the July event when they were twice denied visas allowing them to participate. Eventually, President Trump and Washington officials involved themselves in the affair, and all participants -- even those from Yemen and Syria -- were allowed to come to Washington for the robotics event.

The U.S. team was paired with the Afghanistan team on Tuesday morning before the competition began, during which Ivanka Trump visited and shared some words with the girls.

"For many of you who have traveled great lengths to be here, we welcome you," Ivanka said, smiling at the Afghan girls. "It's a privilege and an honor to have you all with us."

The competition will conclude with an awards ceremony on Tuesday night, after which many team participants will spend the rest of the week touring the nation's capital.

"I am excited to meet these young men and women, whose work ethic, ingenuity and passion has driven them to achieve tremendous success and granted them the opportunity to represent their home countries at this challenging competition," Ivanka Trump echoed in an Instagram post. "Teaching robotics and engineering skills to the next generation of innovators is critical to the future of our economy and the world!"

RELATED: A look at the FIRST Global robotics conference:

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Team Portugal talks business in the hallways during the robot cometition July 17, 2017 at the 2017 FIRST Global Challenge competitions at DAR Constitution Hall in Washington, DC. / AFP PHOTO / PAUL J. RICHARDS (Photo credit should read PAUL J. RICHARDS/AFP/Getty Images)
A member of the Lebanon Team looks up for a photo while working his booth with team computer during the robot cometition July 17, 2017 at the 2017 FIRST Global Challenge competitions at DAR Constitution Hall in Washington, DC. / AFP PHOTO / PAUL J. RICHARDS (Photo credit should read PAUL J. RICHARDS/AFP/Getty Images)
Members of the Morocco robotic team work on their robot July 17, 2017 outside the 2017 FIRST Global Challenge competitions at DAR Constitution Hall in Washington, DC. / AFP PHOTO / PAUL J. RICHARDS (Photo credit should read PAUL J. RICHARDS/AFP/Getty Images)
Computer aficiendos from Lebanon (rainbow hair) and Oceania(blue shirts) do a version of the Macarena in the hallways during the robot cometition July 17, 2017 at the 2017 FIRST Global Challenge competitions at DAR Constitution Hall in Washington, DC. / AFP PHOTO / PAUL J. RICHARDS (Photo credit should read PAUL J. RICHARDS/AFP/Getty Images)
A member of the Senegal team works on the team computer during the robot cometition July 17, 2017 at the 2017 FIRST Global Challenge competitions at DAR Constitution Hall in Washington, DC. / AFP PHOTO / PAUL J. RICHARDS (Photo credit should read PAUL J. RICHARDS/AFP/Getty Images)
WASHINGTON, DC - JULY 17: Participants compete during the first of two days of the First Global International Robot Olympics, an international robotic challenge, July 17, 2017 at DAR Constitution Hall in Washington, DC. Teams from over 150 countries, including an all-girl team from Afghanistan whose visas had been initially denied to enter the U.S., took part in the competition. (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images)
One of the members of the United Arab Emirates robotics team carries his robot to the comptetion floor July 17, 2017 outside the 2017 FIRST Global Challenge competitions at DAR Constitution Hall in Washington, DC. / AFP PHOTO / PAUL J. RICHARDS (Photo credit should read PAUL J. RICHARDS/AFP/Getty Images)
WASHINGTON, DC - JULY 17: A member of Team Libya works on his team's robot during the first of two days of the First Global International Robot Olympics, an international robotic challenge, July 17, 2017 at DAR Constitution Hall in Washington, DC. Teams from over 150 countries, including an all-girl team from Afghanistan whose visas had been initially denied to enter the U.S., took part in the competition. (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images)
WASHINGTON, DC - JULY 17: (2nd L-R) Rodaba Noori, Yasimin Yasinzadah, Somayeh Faruqi, Kawsar Roshan, and Lida Azizi of Team Afghanistan test their team's robot as coach Alireza Mehraban (L) looks on during the first of two days of the First Global International Robot Olympics, an international robotic challenge, July 17, 2017 at DAR Constitution Hall in Washington, DC. Teams from over 150 countries, including an all-girl team from Afghanistan whose visas had been initially denied to enter the U.S., took part in the competition. (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images)
Members of the Afghan all-girls robotics team make adjustments to the team robot in the practice area July 17, 2017, between 2017 FIRST Global Challenge competitions at DAR Constitution Hall, in Washington, DC. A team of Afghan girls prevailed in their first encounter at an international robotics competition in Washington Monday, but the result was perhaps less significant than the fact they made it at all. Twice denied visas into the United States until a late intervention by the Trump administration, the team of six from the war-torn country's western Herat are now determined to strike a blow for gender equality and national pride. / AFP PHOTO / PAUL J. RICHARDS (Photo credit should read PAUL J. RICHARDS/AFP/Getty Images)
Members of the Afghan all-girls robotics team make adjustments to the team robot in the practice area on July 17, 2017, between 2017 FIRST Global Challenge competitions at DAR Constitution Hall, in Washington, DC. A team of Afghan girls prevailed in their first encounter at an international robotics competition in Washington Monday, but the result was perhaps less significant than the fact they made it at all. Twice denied visas into the United States until a late intervention by the Trump administration, the team of six from the war-torn country's western Herat are now determined to strike a blow for gender equality and national pride. / AFP PHOTO / PAUL J. RICHARDS (Photo credit should read PAUL J. RICHARDS/AFP/Getty Images)
WASHINGTON, DC- JULY 15: L-R, Katie Johnson, Sanjna Ravichandar, and Colleen Johnson, sit with their robot while watching the FIRST Global competition held at the DAR building (Photo by April Greer For The Washington Post via Getty Images)
A member of the Afghan all-girls robotics team makes a few adjustments to her team's robot on July 17, 2017, between 2017 FIRST Global Challenge competitions at DAR Constitution Hall, in Washington, DC. A team of Afghan girls prevailed in their first encounter at an international robotics competition in Washington Monday, but the result was perhaps less significant than the fact they made it at all. Twice denied visas into the United States until a late intervention by the Trump administration, the team of six from the war-torn country's western Herat are now determined to strike a blow for gender equality and national pride. / AFP PHOTO / PAUL J. RICHARDS (Photo credit should read PAUL J. RICHARDS/AFP/Getty Images)
WASHINGTON, DC- JULY 15: L-R, Katie and Colleen Johnson, and Sanjna Ravichandar hold their group's robot at the FIRST Global competition held at the DAR building. (Photo by April Greer For The Washington Post via Getty Images)
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