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News number: 8711051649

19:32 | 2009-01-24

Foriegn Policy

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MP Warns UAE against Continued Fingerprinting of Iranian Citizens

TEHRAN (FNA)- Iran plans to stop the flush of its capital into the UAE and redirect its investment funds to Turkey following the fingerprinting of its citizens by the Arab Persian Gulf state, a senior Iranian legislator said on Saturday.

Following reports in recent months of fingerprinting Iranian citizens at UAE airports, Iranian lawmakers called on the government to voice Tehran's strong protest and adopt possible measures to reciprocate the action.

The Iranian foreign ministry has announced that it would reciprocate the move with fingerprinting UAE citizens at Iran's airports.

"Fingerprinting of UAE citizens and citizens of any other country which humiliates Iranians must continue vigorously," Javad Karimi Ghoddousi, a member of the Iranian parliament's National Security and Foreign Policy Commission, told FNA here today.

Describing Turkish ports as more suitable for Iran's trade, he said that the necessary measures have been adopted for replacing UAE ports with new ports in neighboring countries.

"…Turkey has announced its readiness for mutual investment in Iran and necessary measures and studies have been launched to use Bahrain, Qatar and…other ports in the Persian Gulf," the Iranian MP stated.

Referring to Iranian islands' suitable situation in the Persian Gulf, he pointed out that the government is required to pave the way for the growth of investment and providing of facilities and services in Iranian islands and ports in the Persian Gulf as soon as possible.

He also stressed that Iran's deterrent policies will continue until UAE government apologizes to Tehran and revises its attitude towards the Islamic Republic citizens.