Rabat - Faisal Qassim, the TV host of the popular Arabic-language talk show “The Opposing Perspective”, tweeted on Saturday that Algeria should decide its own “fate” before encouraging the Sahrawi people of the Western Sahara to do the same.
Rabat – Faisal Qassim, the TV host of the popular Arabic-language talk show “The Opposing Perspective”, tweeted on Saturday that Algeria should decide its own “fate” before encouraging the Sahrawi people of the Western Sahara to do the same.
Within twelve hours of original posting, over 550 of the TV host’s followers had retweeted his statement, while over 500 others had “liked” it.
“Algeria says that it wants the Sahrawii people to decide their own fate, but, question: why don’t the Algerians decide their own fate first, before deciding the fate of another people,” the full text of the tweet read.
الجزائر تدعي أنها تريد للشعب الصحراوي أن يقرر مصيره.لكن السؤال: لماذا لا تدع الجزائرين يقررون مصيرهم أولا قبل تقرير مصير شعب آخر
— فيصل القاسم (@kasimf) April 23, 2016
Earlier this week, Qasim posted another statement on Facebook, in which he affirmed that the Western Sahara belongs to Morocco and that Algeria has fallen into the “embrace” of Iran – the majority-Shiite country that Arab states consider to be one of its greatest rivals.
“Most Arabs agree that the Western Sahara is the legal possession of Morocco,” he wrote on Facebook. “What were the Algerian generals expecting from Arabs after they fell in the embrace of Iran.”
More than 20 thousand of Qasim 9.5 million Facebook followers “liked” the post and more than a thousand others commented on its content.
On Wednesday, King Mohammed VI delivered a strong speech at the joint Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) summit in Riyadh, which prompted Gulf countries, as well as other international allies, to reiterate their support for Morocco’s 2007 autonomy proposal for the end of the regional dispute.