On November 19, 2006, the Iranian Parliament passed a bill instituting mandatory fingerprinting of all visiting US citizens, in defiance of President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad. The bill was passed by conservative Majlis by a vote of 135 to 26. Ahmadinejad had spoken out against the bill, emphasizing that Iran only opposes US policy and Americans are welcomed in Iran. The bill was seen as a reaction to the 2002 US regulation that requires every Iranian to be fingerprinted upon arrival in the US.
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