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Aug 25, 2021

MFO Spotlight: ITCON

The MFO speaks to Lieutenant (Navy) Sandro Semeraro from the Italian Contingent (ITCON). Lieutenant Semeraro is currently serving admirably with the MFO as the Commanding Officer of the ITS Esploratore, one of the four vessels provided to the MFO by Italy for our Coastal Patrol Unit. The Coastal Patrol Unit plays an important Protocol function by ensuring freedom of navigation through the Strait of Tiran in accordance with Article V of the Treaty of Peace. For more information on ITCON please see the following link.

Aug 4, 2021

MFO Spotlight: CZECHCON

The MFO speaks to First Lieutenant Antonin Scherzl from the Czech Republic’s Contingent (CZECHCON). Lieutenant Scherzl served with the MFO for four and a half months earlier this year and contributed greatly to the MFO mission as the Chief of Maintenance of the Czech-provided CASA aircraft. The CASA plays a vital role in MFO operations by supporting COU verification/reconnaissance missions, Treaty Party Bilateral meetings, and the movement of MFO personnel and goods. For more information on CZECHCON please see the following link.

Jul 29, 2021

40th Anniversary of Protocol Signing

August 3, 2021, marks the 40th anniversary of the creation of the MFO with the signing of the Protocol to the Treaty of Peace between Egypt and Israel. The Protocol established the overall structure, authorities, and responsibilities of the MFO, enabling us to begin our mission. The accompanying photos show the first raising of the MFO flag in Sinai in April 1982.

Jul 15, 2021

Supporting States Visit – July 8, 2021

 

On July 8, the MFO's Force and Observers in Sinai welcomed representatives from fourteen MFO Supporting States (Australia, Canada, Colombia, Finland, France, Germany, Israel, Japan, Netherlands, New Zealand, Sweden, Switzerland, United Kingdom, and United States) to the MFO’s South Camp.

Jun 25, 2021

MFO-Egypt-Israel Meeting, Rome, Italy

The MFO was pleased to host delegations from Egypt and Israel at its headquarters in Rome, Italy, June 22-25. This was the first opportunity for the delegations to meet at MFO Headquarters since the onset of COVID.

Jun 21, 2021

MFO Spotlight: CANCON

The MFO speaks to Corporal Matsos from the Canadian Contingent (CANCON). Corporal Matsos contributed, over a period of six months, to the MFO mission as one of our Flight Followers and played a critical role in our Air Operations. For more information on CANCON please see the following link.

May 13, 2021

MFO Spotlight: Our Local Egyptian Contractor Staff

The MFO speaks with Mr. Hamed Hassan Awaad, one of our locally engaged Egyptian Contractor Staff from Care Services Limited, on his experience working within our organization. Mr. Awaad has filled various positions in over twenty years of service with the MFO. Currently, he is the Work Order Control Supervisor and Material Expeditor in our Force Engineering Office located in Sinai.

Apr 16, 2021

Australia and New Zealand Provide Medical Support

 

The MFO greatly appreciates the generous and prompt offers of medical support from Australia and New Zealand to help identify and treat cases of COVID among our personnel. 

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News & Media 40th Anniversary of Protocol Signing

Jul 29, 2021

40th Anniversary of Protocol Signing

August 3, 2021, marks the 40th anniversary of the creation of the MFO with the signing of the Protocol to the Treaty of Peace between Egypt and Israel. The Protocol established the overall structure, authorities, and responsibilities of the MFO, enabling us to begin our mission. The accompanying photos show the first raising of the MFO flag in Sinai in April 1982.

Since our beginning, we have unwaveringly carried out our mission under the Treaty of Peace and its Protocol. To this end, we have monitored security compliance with the Treaty, enabled the development of relations between the Treaty Parties, and seized every opportunity to deepen and broaden peace.


The peace between Egypt and Israel is a fundamental step toward regional stability and has provided the basis of subsequent and ongoing reconciliations between Israel and its neighbors, and the MFO is proud to have contributed to that historic process.


The success of our mission stems directly from the support and assistance of our Supporting States, and we thank them for their generous commitments of forces and funds. Vital to our success are the many men and women, military and civilian, who have served as part of the MFO. They have all sacrificed to serve the cause of peace, and some have given their lives. We thank them all for their commitment and dedication.


While the MFO’s mission has not changed, how we carry out our duties has evolved with time, in tune with our operating environment and capabilities. Most importantly, we remain as committed, constructive, and relevant to the momentous and essential peace between Egypt and Israel as we were at our beginning.


The MFO thanks MAJ G.A. Redding, who served with the MFO in the Sinai when it first commenced operations in 1982, for kindly sharing his journal and photographs, some of which we have included here.