Message of recognition by the Italian Republican Fascist State, October 22, 1943:

HIS EXCELLENCY JOSE P. LAUREL
PRESIDENT OF THE PHILIPPINE REPUBLIC
MANILA

I HAVE THE HONOR TO COMMUNICATE TO YOUR EXCELLENCY THAT MY GOVERNMENT IS GREATLY PLEASED OVER THE PROCLAMATION OF PHILIPPINE INDEPENDENCE AND THE ESTABLISHMENT OF THE REPUBLIC, TAKES ACTION UPON THE HAPPY ADVENT AND RECOGNIZES THE ACTUAL (PRESENT) PHILIPPINE GOVERNMENT. ON THIS OCCASION I ENTREAT YOUR EXCELLENCY TO ACCEPT MY MOST FERVENT WISH FOR THE PROSPERITY OF YOUR COUNTRY.

MUSSOLINI

Source: Office of the Solicitor General Library