President Hafez al-Assad and ex-Head of State Ahmad al-Khatib at Damascus University - 1978

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From left to right: President Hafez al-Assad, unknown, Parliament Speaker Ahmad al-Khatib, Prime Minister Mohammad Ali al-Halabi. Seated behind Halabi is Damascus governor and future prime minister Abdul Raouf al-Kassem. Seated behind Assad is commander of the Syrian Air Force Naji Jamil. Seated to the far left is Madani al-Khiyami, president of Damascus University.