Washington, Oct 12 (): US President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama met Malala Yousafzai at the White House on Friday, thanking the young Pakistani teenager for her “inspiring and passionate work” on girls’ education in Pakistan. Malala met the US President, when she was in Washington to speak at two events.
A White House statement said, “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 realize their dreams. We salute Malala’s efforts to help make these dreams come true.”
Malala said after the White House meeting that she was honoured to meet with Obama and the First Lady, whom she thanked for the US support to Education in Pakistan and Afghanistan and for Syrian refugees.
She said, “I also expressed my concerns that drone attacks are fuelling terrorism. Innocent victims are killed in these acts, and they lead to resentment among the Pakistani people. If we refocus efforts on education it will make a big impact”.
The Pakistani teen had been considered a front-runner for the Nobel Peace Prize. But, Malala did not win the Nobel Prize. This year’s Nobel Prize went to the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons.
On Oct. 10, she was awarded the Sakharov Prize by the European Union, the region’s prestigious human rights award.
When, she was in Washington, Malala Yousafzai also had an interview with chief international correspondent of CNN, Christiane Amanpour at the 92nd Street Y. Asked if she wanted to be a doctor or a politician, Malala said she initially wanted to be a doctor but had learned she could help more people as prime minister.
The 16-year-old has become an international celebrity after the October 2012 attempt on her life. Her face is still partly paralyzed from the shooting.