Founder of Bank Misr Talaat Pasha Harb with the National Bloc in Damascus – 1927

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Talaat Pasha Harb is standing on the staircase, in the middle, surrounded by Bloc President Hashem al-Atasi (right) and Deputy President of the Damascus Chamber of Commerce Lutfi al-Haffar (left). Behind Harb and Atasi stands Mohammad Ali al-Abed, the future president of Syria. To the right stands Abdul Qader Kaylani, the Bloc MP for Hama, and behind him is future prime minister Jamil Mardam Bey. To the right of the staircase, wearing a white suite next to the plants, is the Damascus MP and nationalist leader Fakhri al-Barudi, embracing Abdul Ghafour Msouti, standing next to the future president of the Damascus Chamber Musallam Sioufi and the Damascus industrialist and chocolate-maker, Said Ghraoui. In the front row, standing fourth from right is the Damascus Chamber of Commerce President Aref Halbuni.