740.0011 Pacific War/956
The Mexican Chargé (Quintanilla) to the Secretary of State
Mr. Secretary: On telephonic instructions from my Government, I have the special pleasure of forwarding to Your Excellency a copy of the statements which have just been made in Mexico City by the Secretary of Foreign Affairs, Ezequiel Padilla. In this document, the Government of Mexico announces the decision which it took today to break off diplomatic relations with the Japanese Empire.
As the statements of Secretary Padilla are themselves sufficiently explicit, it is unnecessary for me to expand upon the extraordinary importance which the enclosed document has, not only for Mexico and the United States, but also for the fate of Pan Americanism.
I take this opportunity [etc.]