Reply of President Jose P. Laurel to the message of congratulation of Manchoukuo, October 17, 1943:

HIS EXCELLENCY
PREMIER CHANG CHING-HUI
HSINGKING, MANCHOUKUO

I WISH TO THANK YOUR EXCELLENCY MOST SINCERELY FOR YOUR MESSAGE OF CONGRATULATION ON THE ESTABLISHMENT OF THE REPUBLIC OF THE PHILIPPINES (STOP) IN EXPRESSING DEEP APPRECIATION FOR YOUR GOOD WISHES I JOIN YOUR EXCELLENCY IN THE CONFIDENCE THAT OUR TWO COUNTRIES WILL CLOSELY COOPERATE IN THE REALIZATION OF OUR COMMON IDEALS AS MEMBERS OF GREATER EAST ASIA CO-PROSPERITY SPHERE.

(SGD.) JOSE P. LAUREL
PRESIDENT OF THE REPUBLIC
OF THE PHILIPPINES

(SGD.) JOSE GIL
ACTING EXECUTIVE SECRETARY

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