Saddam Hussein receiving Prime Minister Mohammad Mustapha Miro in Baghdad - August 2001

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From left to right: Prime Minister Mohammad Mustapha Miro, President Saddam Hussein, Vice-President Taha Yassin Ramadan. This was the first visit for a senior Syrian official to Baghdad since 1980, aimed at helping Iraq challenge the UN-imposed embargo. It took place two years before the US-led invasion of Iraq and the toppling of Saddam Hussein.