Presidents Gamal Abdul Nasser and Shukri al-Quwatli at the Umayyad Mosque - February 1958

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Seated to the far left is the famous Egyptian Quran reciter, Mohammad Siddiq al-Manshawi, next to his Syrian counterpart, Tawfiq al-Munajjed (standing). President Nasser is surrounded by the Grand Mufti of Syria Sheikh Abu al-Yesir Abidin and President Shukri al-Quwatli. Next to Quwatli are Prime Minister Sabri al-Asali, Parliament Speaker Akram al-Hawrani, and Defense Minister Khaled al-Azm. Seated behind Asali are director of Syrian Intelligence Abdul Hamid al-Sarraj, next to Anwar al-Sadat, then serving as minister of state and editor of the political daily, al-Jumhuriyah.