President Hafez al-Assad, walking out of the Umayyad Mosque - March 1971

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From left to right: The Grand Mufti of Syria Sheikh Ahmad Kaftaro, President Assad, Prime Minister Mahmud al-Ayyubi. Behind Assad (between him and Kaftaro) is Interior Minister Adnan al-Dabbagh and behind the President and Prime Minister is Abdullah al-Ahmar, the Deputy Secretary General of the Baath Party