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Saudi Arabia plans to fingerprint Americans
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Interior Minister Prince Naif confirmed that the government plans to start fingerprinting Americans entering Saudi Arabia in a reciprocal measure.

"Our dealings [with other countries] will be reciprocal. We'll deal with every country in the same way as they deal with us," the prince said.

New stringent US immigration checks on nationals from several Muslim countries, including Saudi Arabia, went into effect on October 1.

They require Saudi male visitors to the US to undergo digital fingerprinting and photographing, and to provide information on travel plans.

There are between 30,000 and 40,000 Americans in Saudi Arabia.

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