MFO Commemorates the 40th Anniversary of the Egyptian-Israeli Peace Treaty

Today, at its South Camp in Sharm el Sheikh, the MFO commemorated the 40th Anniversary of the signing of the Treaty of Peace between Egypt and Israel on 26 March 1979.

The MFO’s Director General, Ambassador R. Stephen Beecroft, and Force Commander, Major General Simon Stuart (Australia), welcomed Egyptian and Israeli Delegations as well as representatives from MFO Supporting States (Australia, Canada, Colombia, Czech Republic, Fiji, Finland, France, Germany, Japan, Italy, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Republic of Korea, Sweden, Switzerland, United Kingdom, United States, Uruguay) to celebrate and reflect on this historical achievement which made friends of enemies, brought peace to the region, and led to the creation of the MFO two years later through a Protocol to the Treaty. Ambassador Beecroft noted the MFO’s continued dedication to carrying out its Treaty mission and duties, praised the efforts of all the men and women, civilian and military, who have served with the MFO throughout its 37-year existence, and thanked all the MFO’s Supporting States for their steadfast commitment to the work of the MFO.

The event was attended by former MFO Director General, U.S. Acting Assistant Secretary of State for Near Eastern Affairs Ambassador David M. Satterfield, and former Force Commander Canadian Major General Dennis Thompson (Retired), both of whom made key note remarks. Other former Director Generals and Force Commanders provided recorded recollections. To mark the occasion, the senior members of the Israeli and the Egyptian delegations jointly planted an olive tree as a remembrance and pledge of their continuing peace.