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Tripartite Pact

In the pact the three nations agreed that for the next ten years they would “stand by and co-operate with one another in… their prime purpose to establish and maintain a new order of things… to promote the mutual prosperity and welfare of the peoples concerned”. They recognized each other’s spheres of interest and undertook “to assist one another with all political, economic and military means when one of the three contracting powers is attacked” by a country not already involved in the war, excluding the Soviet Union.