President Shukri al-Quwatli giving a speech at the graduation of officers from the Syrian Air Force in 1957

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In the back row, sitting in the first two seats, are Dr Nazem al-Qudsi, the Speaker of Parliament, and General Wadih al-Muqabari, commander of the Syrian Air Force. Behind Quwatli (in white) is ex-Prime Minister Fares al-Khury