Prime Minister Jabiri with Parliament Secretary-General Fayek al-Nehlawi and Russian Ambassador Daniel Solod - Damascus 1944

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Prime Minister Saadallah al-Jabiri with Fayek al-Nehlawi (left), the secretary-general of the Syrian Parliament, and Daniel Solod, the Russian Ambassador to Syria, in 1944. The USSR was among the first to recognize Syria's independence from France, and extend recognition to the regime of President Shukri al-Quwatli in 1943.