President Gamal Abdul Nasser speaking at the Diyafa Palace in Damascus - February 1958

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Standing behind him are President Shukri al-Quwatli, Field Marshal Abdul Hakim Amer, commander in chief of the joint Syrian-Egyptian Armies, Egyptian Vice President Abdul Latif al-Baghdadi, Egyptian Vice-President Zakariya Muhiddine, and Colonel Abdul Hamid al-Sarraj, head of Syrian intelligence.