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MP Urges Retaliatory Measures against S. Arabia for Fingerprinting Iranians

Service : Politic
TEHRAN, March 1 (ICANA) –A senior Iranian legislator blasted Saudi Arabia for fingerprinting the Iranian nationals, including football players of Tehran's popular soccer team Persepolis, and urged the Tehran government to retaliate against Riyadh.
Tuesday, March 01, 2011 8:23:35 PM
MP Urges Retaliatory Measures against S. Arabia for Fingerprinting Iranians

"Saudi Arabia has taken an awkward measure against the Islamic Republic of Iran's soccer players and the Iranian authorities and officials of the foreign ministry should pursue the case," Rapporteur of the parliament's National Security and Foreign Policy Commission Kazem Jalali told reporters on Tuesday.

"We think that the government should retaliate against any country which embarks on fingerprinting the citizens of the Islamic republic of Iran" and take the same measures against Saudi nationals, he reiterated.

Iran complained to the Asian Football Confederation (AFC) about last week's fingerprinting and iris scanning of Tehran soccer team Persepolis FC, widely viewed as Asia's most popular club, when it arrived at Jeddah airport for an Asian championship match against Saudi Arabia's Al Ittihad on Wednesday.

Earlier, Iranian legislator Seyed Hossein Naqavi, a member of the Iranian parliament's National Security and Foreign Policy Commission, had also warned that Iran may retaliate against Saudi Arabia.

"As regards the fingerprinting of Persepolis in the Jeddah airport, we will retaliate and fingerprint al-Ittihad of Saudi Arabia," Naqavi told FNA, referring to the expected visit to Iran of the Saudi team for its return match against Persepolis.

The Persepolis team was held at Jeddah airport for eight hours after it protested against the fingerprinting and iris scanning, a procedure imposed on all Iranian visitors to the kingdom.

"We believe the fingerprinting of Persepolis athletes is a disrespectful act and the move will not remain unanswered," Naqavi said.

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