President Shukri al-Quwatli signing the union pact with President Gamal Abdul Nasser in February 1958

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President Shukri al-Quwatli signing the union pact with President Gamal Abdul al-Nasser of Egypt, in February 1958. Behind Quwatli stands Abdullah al-Khani, the secretary-general of the Presidential Palace, and next to him is Prime Minister Sabri al-Asali and Defense Minister Khaled al-Azm. To the far left is Economy Minister Fakher al-Kayyali