President Shukri al-Quwatli on Independence Day - April 16, 1957

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Seated in the middle is President Shukri al-Quwatli surrounded by Prime Minister Sabri al-Asali (right) and Parliament Speaker Akram al-Hawrani. To the far left stands President Quwatli's military escort Maamoun Tahseen Bey and to the right stands Army Chief-of-Staff Colonel Afif al-Bizreh.