In April 1920, the San Remo Conference distributed class A mandates on Syria to France and to Iraq and Palestine to Britain. The same conference ratified an oil deal reached at a London conference on 12 February on the basis of a slightly different version of the long-term berenger agreement, previously initialled on 21 December in London. Hussein`s letter of 18 February 1916 appealed to McMahon for £50,000 in gold, plus weapons, ammunition and food, stating that Feisal was awaiting the arrival of “no less than 100,000 people” for the planned revolt, and McMahon`s reply of 10 March 1916 confirmed British approval of the questions and closed the ten letters of correspondence. In April and May, discussions were launched by Sykes on the benefits of a meeting in which Picot and the Arabs were to participate in order to articulate the desiderate of the two sides. In the Constantinople Agreement of March 18, 1915, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Sazonov wrote to the ambassadors of France and Great Britain after the start of naval operations, before the Gallipoli campaign, and claimed Constantinople and the Dardanelles. During a series of five-week diplomatic talks, Britain and France agreed, under their own claims, on a wider sphere of influence in Iran in the case of Britain and on the annexation of Syria (including Palestine) and Cilicia for France. British and French claims agreed and all parties agreed that the proper management of the holy sites should be left to later regulation.  Without the Russian revolutions of 1917, Constantinople and The Strait could have been handed over to Russia after victory….
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