How Diego Garcia Can Play a Pivotal Role in America's Relationship with India

July 1, 2018 Topic: Security Region: Asia

How Diego Garcia Can Play a Pivotal Role in America's Relationship with India

Washington should consider inviting the Indian Navy to make port visits to Diego Garcia and even go so far as to establish a logistics office on the island country.

Mark E. Rosen, SVP and General Counsel, CNA Corp. The views expressed in this paper are those of the author alone and do not reflect the views of CNA or any of its sponsors.

Image: File photo of Diego Garcia,largest island in the Chagos archipelago and site of a major United States military base in the middle of the Indian Ocean leased from Britain in 1966. Exiled inhabitants of Diego Garcia began a challenge July 17 to a British government decision to kick them off the remote island 30 years ago to make way for the U.S. base. Thousands of islanders from the 65-island Chagos archipelago, many of them born in exile in Mauritius, want Britain to return them to their homeland.clh/HO/U.S.