Outcomes of a meeting at the Damascus Palace Hotel between the King-Crane Commission and the Muslim leaders of Damascus - June 26, 1919

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The Muslim leaders of Damascus, including the Grand Mufti, said no to a French Mandate over Syria, but noted that if there was absolute need for a foreign mandate, then they would chose the United States. The Syrians interviewed by the American King-Crane Commission were inspired by the 14-Point Declaration of President Woodrow Wilson, especially that the US President called for "the right of self-determination." The Commission itself was sent by Wilson during the Paris Peace Conference that took off in January 1919.