Obamas welcome Malala to Oval Office

AFP , Saturday 12 Oct 2013

Obama and his wife welcome Pakistani girls' rights champion Malala Yousafzai to the White House, celebrating her 'courage and determination'

Malala Yousafzai
Malala Yousafzai, 16-year-old Pakistani campaigner for the education of women, speaks during a news conference with World Bank President Jim Yong Kim (not pictured), celebrating International Day of the Girl in Washington October 11, 2013. (Photo: Reuters)

US President Barack Obama and his wife Michelle welcomed Pakistani schoolgirl activist Malala Yousafzai to the Oval Office Friday.

On the day she was passed over for the Nobel Peace Prize, the Obamas hailed Malala, 16, for her "inspiring and passionate" work on behalf of girls in Pakistan.

"The United States joins with the Pakistani people and so many around the world to celebrate Malala's courage and her determination to promote the right of all girls to attend school and realise their dreams," a White House statement said.

"We salute Malala's efforts to help make these dreams come true."

The 16-year-old, who was shot by the Taliban for championing girls' rights to an education, was overlooked for the Nobel Peace Prize, with the Nobel Committee instead honouring the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons.

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