Khaled al-Azm and Fakhri al-Barudi hosting a Russian musical band at Azm's home in 1957

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Holding hands with Prime Minister Azm (central) is his wife, Laila. Standing next to Azm is the nationalist leader and patron of the arts, Fakhri al-Barudi (fourth from right). To the left is Fakher al-Kayyali, the minister of economy, and his wife.