British Indian Ocean Territory: Sovereignty

Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office written question – answered at on 13 February 2024.

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Photo of Andrew Rosindell Andrew Rosindell Conservative, Romford

To ask the Minister of State, Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office, what recent discussions he has had with his Mauritian counterpart on sovereignty of the British Indian Ocean Territory.

Photo of David Rutley David Rutley Assistant Whip (HM Treasury), Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office)

The Foreign Secretary has not had recent discussions with his Mauritian counterpart on sovereignty of the British Indian Ocean Territory. Discussions continue at senior official level. The UK's priority is to ensure the long term continued effective operation of the joint UK/US military base on Diego Garcia. Mauritius has also publicly committed to this goal.

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