News & Media

Mar 17, 2024

MFO Salutes its New Force Commander

Major General Michael Garraway of Australia assumed command of the Multinational Force and Observers in Sinai from Interim Force Commander, Major General Evan Williams of New Zealand, on 17 March 2024.

Mar 14, 2024

Recent visits to the MFO

Visits are a crucial element to understanding the MFO, our mission, and our role in promoting regional peace and stability. These visits result in productive dialogue with our Egyptian and Israeli colleagues, representatives of MFO Troop-Contributing and Donor States, and friends.

Mar 11, 2024

MFO Plenary Meeting, March 4, 2024

Representatives from twenty-one MFO Supporting States attended the plenary session of the MFO’s Annual Meeting in Rome on March 4, 2024, including delegations from Egypt, Israel, and the United States.

 

Mar 8, 2024

Thanking Our Women Peacekeepers and Celebrating IWD

The MFO thanks all its women peacekeepers, military and civilian, for their contributions to our mission and the critical role they play supporting peace and cooperation between Egypt and Israel. Our women peacekeepers excel in carrying out critical responsibilities at all levels throughout the MFO. Their work is fundamental to our success and an integral part of our achievements.

Mar 6, 2024

Supplemental Japanese Funding in FY2024

The MFO is honored to announce that the Government of Japan has once again generously provided the MFO with supplemental project funding to ensure the safety of our personnel and the effectiveness of our mission.

 

Feb 22, 2024

Supporting States Visit - February 20, 2024

 

The MFO Interim Force Commander, Major General Evan Williams, and MFO personnel welcomed Ambassadors, Defense Attachés, and other key staff from Cairo-based embassies to the MFO’s North Camp.

Feb 16, 2024

COU Conducts its 1000th Verification Mission in the Sinai (V-1000)

 

From February 11 to 15, 2024, the MFO’s Civilian Observer Unit (COU) conducted its 1,000th verification mission (V-1000). This milestone highlights the MFO’s and the COU’s ongoing commitment to long-lasting peace in the region.

 

Feb 7, 2024

MFO Force Commander Designate – Major General Michael Garraway

 

The MFO is honored to announce that it has received Egypt’s and Israel’s approval to appoint Major General Michael Garraway from Australia as the MFO’s next Force Commander.

Dec 30, 2023

MG Williams recognized as Officer NZ Order of Merit

The MFO extends our warmest congratulations to our Interim Force Commander, Major General Williams, for being recognized as an Officer of the New Zealand Order of Merit by King Charles III.

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News & Media Driving Skills Competition

Sep 27, 2023

Driving Skills Competition

 

Driving is an essential part of the MFO’s mission in Sinai. It enables us to transport equipment and personnel and to carry out daily tasks including Treaty-required observation duties.

Safe driving is an absolute priority for the MFO, particularly given the Sinai’s harsh desert environment. Not only does it enhance our drivers’ overall performance on the road but also contributes to creating a safe environment for everyone. As such, every MFO Sinai member receives introductory training, which consists of rigorous theoretical and practical driving exercises and examination.

 

As part of the MFO’s commitment to safe driving, every year drivers from North and South Camp come together to showcase their abilities in a diverse range of driving challenges. This year, from September 25 to 26, more than 30 MFO Sinai members from various contingents came together and tested their abilities during the 2023 Force Skills Driving Competition. Approximately 10 MFO evaluators assessed their performance based on:

 

      • driving theory,
      • safe driving (around a circuit),
      • service maintenance and changing tires,
      • vehicle incident response and performing first aid, and
      • local driving in the Sharm El Sheikh area.

After a thorough assessment of performances, the Australian Contingent team was proclaimed the winner with the New Zealand Contingent winning silver, and the Canadian Contingent, bronze.

 

Congratulations to this year’s winners and all the participants for promoting safe driving!