AN AFGHAN-AMERICAN female pilot on a solo flight around the world seeking to inspire young women has taken a detour to meet the Afghan president and activists seeking to safeguard women’s rights.

Waiz, the first female pilot from Afghanistan, began her journey in Florida in May and has since made stops in 11 countries, with eight more to complete her mission.

“The whole purpose of this flight around the world is not to set a world record,” she said during a welcoming ceremony by government officials and civil society activists in Kabul.

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“The purpose of this trip is to inspire young girls and boys to believe in themselves, to believe in what they are capable of doing, regardless of where they are from or the challenges you had faced in your life.”

Shaesta Waiz left her single-engine plane in Dubai, the United Arab Emirates, to take a commercial flight to Kabul where she arrived on Monday night.

The 29-year-old said her Beechcraft Bonanza A36 was not suited for flying over the mountainous terrain of her native country.

Afghan President Ashraf Ghani welcomed Waiz at his office later in the evening and told her how much he admired her courage.

Waiz, in turn, promised Afghan women that once her world trip is done, she would come back and find ways to help them.