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Diego Garcia: USA

Volume 458: debated on Monday 19 March 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what his policy is on the use of Diego Garcia by the US for offensive purposes. (127994)

The UK's policy on the use of Diego Garcia by the US is based on the 1966 exchange of notes (updated in 1976 and with subsequent amendments and additions). The notes allow the US to use the base as a forward operating location for aircraft and ships and require the US to seek prior approval for any operations that they wish to undertake from Diego Garcia.