Sykes Picot Agreement France

Despite these rival ambitions, neither France nor Britain had clearly defined war objectives in the Middle East before the Ottoman Empire entered the war in November 1914. Policymakers` attention focused on the post-war position of the Empire`s territories, after Russia demanded a post-war partition that would give it control of Istanbul and the strait that connects the Bosphorus to the Dardanelles, as well as a predominant role in eastern Anatolia. France reaffirmed its Syrian claims, and in February 1915, Britain accepted that France had an earlier claim to Syria and Alexandretta if plans for the partition of the Middle East were implemented. . . .