Top Baath Party officials at Damascus University in 1978

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Front row (from left to right): Assistant Secretary-General of the Baath Party Abdullah al-Ahmar, President Hafez al-Assad, unknown, Speaker of Parliament Ahmad al-Khatib, Prime Minister Mohammad Ali al-Halabi, Foreign Minister Abdul Halim Khaddam. Seated behind Assad are Air Force Commander Naji Jamil and Damascus Governor Abdul Raouf al-Kassem. To the far right of the second row is Higher Education Minister Shaker al-Fahham.