He studied law & political science at the Sorbonne in Paris
Istanbul where he spent most of his youth
Riad aged 30 with his father Rida who was a deputy in the Ottoman Parliament
Political life 1930s & 40s
Riad in Damascus
Riad under arrest
Riad with Syrian delegation in Paris
Riad’s first cabinet as Prime Minister with President Bishara el-Khoury
Riad was Prime Minister from 25 September 1943 - 10 January 1945 for his first term
Riad addressing a crowd after his incarceration
Riad with Syrian President and Prime Minister
Riad with Lebanese officers
Riad’s second term as Prime Minister was from 14 December 1946 - 14 February 1951
Reception held on the anniversary of the foundation of the Arab League, held by Nokrashi Pasha, Prime Minister of Egypt. Cairo.
Abdul Rahman Azzam Pasha, Director General of the Arab League, welcoming delegates. MS Azzam Pasha greeting Omar Fathi Pasha, aide-de-camp of King Farouk, Nokrashi Pasha, Prime Minister of Egypt and Haj Amin El Husseiny the ex-Grand Master of Jerusalem. He poses with Azzam Pasha.
Prime Minister of Lebanon Riad Bey el Solh arrives. MS Sheikh Yussef Yasseen from Saudi Arabia, Chairman of the Conference. MS Sheikh Sadel el Moggadidi, Minister of Afghanistan in Egypt. MS flags of the Arab States flying over the palace of the Arab League. Exterior Shots of the palace showing guests arriving.
Riad with Saadallah el-Jabiri Prime Minister of Syria and uncle of his wife.
Riad and the President Bishara el-Khoury in Beirut
Riad escaped an assassination attempt unhurt in March 1950. However on 17 July 1951 he was gunned down in his car in Amman, Jordan on his way to Marka airport. The three assailants were members of the Syrian Socialist Party, out to avenge the execution of Anton Saadeh for sedition, one of their founder leaders.
1894 – 1951
Riad el Solh – The first Prime Minister of Independent Lebanon.