On April 21, Faisal headed east. Before leaving, on 17 April Clemenceau sent a draft letter in which the French government declared that it recognized „Syria`s right to independence in the form of a federation of autonomous governments in accordance with the traditions and wishes of the population“, claiming that Fayçal had recognized „that France is called a power, Syria the necessary assistance by various advisers On 20 April , Fayçal Clemenceau assured that he was „deeply impressed by the selfless kindness of your statements while I was in Paris, and I must thank you for first proposing the sending of the Allied Commission which will soon travel to the East to identify the wishes of the local peoples regarding the future organization of their country. I am sure the Syrian people will know how to show you their gratitude.  At a meeting in a railway car in Saint-Jean-de-Maurienne, On 19 April 1917, an interim agreement was reached between british and French Prime Ministers David Lloyd George and Alexandre Ribot, the Italian Prime Minister and Foreign Ministers Paolo Boselli and Sidney Sonnino, in order to respond to Italian interest in the Ottoman Empire, in particular Article 9 of the Treaty of London.  The agreement was necessary by the Allies to secure the position of the Italian armed forces in the Middle East. George Curzon said that the great powers were still committed to the Organic Settlement Agreement, which concerns governance and non-interference in the affairs of the Christian, Orthodox, Druze and Muslim communities concerning the Beirut Vilayet of June 1861 and September 1864, adding that the rights granted to France in present-day Syria and parts of Turkey under Sykes-Picot , are incompatible with this agreement.  The agreement was officially abrogated by the Allies at the San Remo Conference in April 1920, when the mandate of Palestine was entrusted to Great Britain. After confronting the desiderata of all parties concerned – the British, the French and the Arabs – the two statesmen devised a compromise solution. The terms of the division agreement were set out in a letter of 9 May 1916 addressed by Paul Cambon, French Ambassador to London, to Sir Edward Grey, British Foreign Minister. These conditions were ratified on 16 May in a letter of Grey`s return to Cambon, and the agreement was formalized on 26 April and 23 May 1916 in an exchange of notes between the three Allied powers. In his introduction to a symposium on Sykes-Picot in 2016, law professor Anghie notes that much of the agreement is entrusted to „trade and trade agreements, access to ports and railway construction.“  More than a year after the agreement with Russia, British and French representatives, Sir Mark Sykes and François Georges Picot, drafted another secret agreement on the future prey of the Great War.