President Shukri al-Quwatli with Syria's first Ambassador to Paris Adnan al-Atasi in 1944

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Standing between them is Justice Minister and future Prime Minister Said al-Ghazzi. Adnan al-Atasi was the son of Quwatli's patron, ex-President Hashem al-Atasi, founder of the Syrian National Bloc and president in 1936-1939, 1949-1951, and 1954-1955