Syrian independence talks at the Presidential Palace in 1943

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Standing first from left is Najib al-Armanazi, the secretary-general of the Syrian Presidency. Fourth from left is Prime Minister Saadallah al-Jabiri, followed by French General George Catroux, and then President Shukri al-Quwatli, followed by Lebanese Prime Minister Riad al-Sulh and Syrian Foreign Minister Jamil Mardam Bey. Second from right is Syrian Finance Minister Khaled al-Azm.