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Nov 20, 2020

In Memoriam: A message from the Director General

As we mourn the loss of our seven colleagues and pray for the rapid and full recovery of an eighth, it has been reassuring to know that we are not alone in our grief.

Nov 12, 2020

In Memoriam

We are deeply saddened by the loss on November 12, 2020, of seven of our uniformed military colleagues from three countries who died in a helicopter crash during a routine mission. This included one Czech, one French, and five U.S. MFO members, and our thoughts and prayers go out to the families of these soldiers at this difficult time. We wish the one U.S. MFO Member who survived the crash a speedy recovery.

Nov 5, 2020

In Memoriam: Ashraf Mobariz 1962 to 2020

We are deeply saddened by the loss of our beloved colleague, Mr. Ashraf Mobariz, who died on November 5, 2020, due to complications from COVID-19. For over 32 years Ashraf’s remarkable creativity, courage, determination, and charm strengthened the peace between Egypt and Israel. As a peacemaker and colleague, he was exceptional. We will miss him greatly.

Jun 23, 2020

COVID-19 Update

Despite the challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic, the MFO remains actively engaged with the Treaty Parties, Egypt and Israel, and receives the full cooperation necessary to carry out our mission, including our monitoring and verification operations.

Mar 16, 2020

Japanese Supplemental Contribution to the MFO

For a sixth consecutive year, Japan has generously agreed to provide the MFO with supplemental funding in support of urgent needs. This year’s contribution, amounting to $1,489,363, will be used to relocate MFO Remote Site 5 inside our air terminal and to upgrade the combined facility.

Mar 9, 2020

Germany to Contribute Supplemental Funding to the MFO in 2020

The MFO is pleased to announce that Germany has again agreed to generously contribute supplemental funding to the MFO.

Jan 31, 2020

Retirement of MFO Deputy Director General K. Scott Gudgeon

On 31 January 2020, MFO Deputy Director General K. Scott Gudgeon retired after nearly 35 years of service to the MFO. On that date, the MFO Director General presented Mr. Gudgeon with the MFO Distinguished Service for Peace Award, the highest honor the MFO can confer.

Dec 3, 2019

MFO Change of Command

Major General Evan Williams of New Zealand assumed command of the Multinational Force and Observers in Sinai from Major General Simon Stuart of Australia on 1 December 2019.

 

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Nov 5, 2020

In Memoriam: Ashraf Mobariz 1962 to 2020

We are deeply saddened by the loss of our beloved colleague, Mr. Ashraf Mobariz, who died on November 5, 2020, due to complications from COVID-19. For over 32 years Ashraf’s remarkable creativity, courage, determination, and charm strengthened the peace between Egypt and Israel. As a peacemaker and colleague, he was exceptional. We will miss him greatly.

Ashraf joined the MFO in 1988 as a Language and Cultural Instructor at our Force Headquarters in North Sinai. In 1990 he was promoted to Egyptian Advisor to Force Commander LTG Van Ginkel of the Netherlands. In 1993 he transferred to our Cairo Office as a Liaison Officer, later becoming Senior Liaison and Security Officer. In that capacity, Ashraf was our lead coordinator in Cairo with the Egyptian Liaison Office on a range of MFO activities, including aviation, troop rotations, official visitors, logistics, and cross border cooperation with Israel.  He was essential in facilitating the success of the MFO and resolving the inevitable issues that arise in the day-to-day accomplishment of our mission.  He ably advised and assisted five successive Director General’s Representatives in Cairo and was a key resource for colleagues in our Cairo and Tel Aviv offices, camps in Sinai, and Rome Headquarters, helping others to understand all aspects of any challenge and how to overcome them.  The high esteem in which he was held by both Egyptian and Israeli liaison counterparts, as well as MFO colleagues, contributed enormously to gaining the trust, flexibility, and compromise needed to successfully carry out our mission in the face of many challenges, including the current COVID pandemic. 

Prior to joining the MFO, Ashraf earned degrees in Social and Psycho Linguistics and in History and Architecture. He then served with Egypt’s Liaison Agency with International Organizations at all three of its field offices: Rafah, Taba, and Sharm el Sheikh. His time at Taba coincided with the Egyptian and Israeli arbitration over the border markers there.

Ashraf’s positive attitude, engaging personality, and perseverance and resourcefulness when faced with challenges were to his credit and a great benefit to his MFO colleagues. The whole MFO family shares its condolences with his wife and children. 

To honor Ashraf’s long and constructive service, he is being posthumously awarded the Director General’s Medal for his many contributions to peace between Egypt and Israel.