The memorandum was forwarded to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and circulated for notice. On 16 January, Sykes informed the Ministry of Foreign Affairs that he had spoken to Picot and that he thought Paris could agree. On 21 January, Nicolson convened an inter-departmental conference. Following the meeting, a final draft agreement was circulated to cabinet on 2 February and was considered by the War Commission on 3 February. Finally, at a meeting on 4 Between Bonar Law, Chamberlain, Lord Kitchener and others, it was decided that: In the chain of agreements between France, Russia and Great Britain, the Russian claims were confirmed first: France confirmed their approval on 26 April and Great Britain on 23 May, with a formal sanction on 23 October. The Anglo-French agreement was confirmed in an exchange of letters on 9 May and 16 May.  The spectre of two officials of supraregional powers meeting in secret, sharing a region of the world between their own countries and spilling it into international treaties, is now unlikely. However, an initial agreement in principle between the main external players on the reconfiguration of the region will be necessary to allow this change. Syria and Iraq could become confederations without changing their current external borders.
Internal boundaries are generally demarcated, so details are left to negotiations between future elements of the new political/federal structures. The proposed «new Sykes-Picot» will also contain a broad separation between the powers of the Centre and those of the units that make the Land. The agreement effectively divided the Ottoman provinces outside the Arabian Peninsula into territories of control and influence of the United Kingdom and France. The countries controlled by Great Britain and France were divided by the Sykes-Picot line.  The agreement that gave Britain control of present-day southern Israel and Palestine, Jordan and southern Iraq, as well as another small area including the ports of Haifa and Acre, to allow access to the Mediterranean.    France should control southeastern Turkey, northern Iraq, Syria and Lebanon.  The Arab states thus created – Iraq, Syria, Jordan and Lebanon – were part of a much larger system of Arab states, most of which had nothing to do with the sykes-Picot agreement. 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.