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Aug 17, 2022

Japanese IPC Visit to MFO

From 6 to 12 August 2022, the MFO had the pleasure of hosting a delegation from the Japanese International Peace Cooperation (IPC) Headquarters and the Ministry of Defense. Led by Ms. Michiko Miyano, the Director of the IPC, the delegation visited the MFO’s South Camp in Sinai, our Director General’s Representative in Israel, and the MFO’s Headquarters in Rome.

Aug 12, 2022

Fiji’s President Visits MFO Sinai

The Multinational Force and Observers in Sinai was honored to welcome the President of the Republic of Fiji, His Excellency Ratu Wiliame Katonivere, to the MFO’s South Camp from 8 to 11 August 2022. The President was accompanied by the First Lady, Her Excellency Vilomena Kumete Katonivere, the Fijian Ambassador to the United Arab Emirates, Ambassador Katonitabua, and Major General Kalouniwai, the Commander of the Republic of Fiji Military Forces.

Aug 3, 2022

MFO Welcomes Director General Dibble

 

The MFO is pleased to welcome Ms. Elizabeth L. Dibble as the MFO’s new Director General. She was appointed to the post by Egypt and Israel and succeeds Ambassador R. Stephen Beecroft who filled the post from August 19, 2017 to July 31, 2022.

Jul 27, 2022

MFO Spotlight: the Norwegian Contingent

The MFO speaks with MAJ Vibeke Sefland of the Norwegian Contingent regarding her work as an MFO Liaison Officer, her participation in the MFO’s Women’s Mentorship Program, and competing in the Force Skills competition. For more information on the contingent, please see the following link.

Jul 18, 2022

MFO Women’s Mentorship Program

 

When the MFO's Women’s Mentorship Program hosted its first meeting on December 13th, 2021, six members attended. Eight months on, participation has grown to an average of 25 MFO members per meeting.

Jun 27, 2022

MFO Plenary Meeting -- 2022

 

The MFO was honored to hold its first in-person plenary meeting since 2019 in Rome on June 23, 2022. Due to COVID, it was not possible to arrange these meetings in 2020 and 2021.

Jun 16, 2022

Supporting States Visit – June 13, 2022

The Multinational Force and Observers in the Sinai was honored to welcome representatives of ten MFO Supporting States (Australia, Canada, Colombia, Finland, Germany, Japan, the Netherlands, Sweden, United Kingdom, and the United States) to the MFO’s North Camp.

Jun 8, 2022

Supporting States Visit – June 1, 2022

 

MFO Force Commander, Major General Evan Williams, and his staff welcomed Ambassadors, Defense Attachés, and other key personnel from Cairo embassies to the MFO’s North Camp for a familiarization visit on 1 June.

May 19, 2022

MFO Spotlight: the Uruguayan Contingent

 

The MFO speaks with CAPT Gonzalo Barros, Transport Platoon Leader, and 2LT Brian Morat, Field Engineering Liaison Officer, of the Uruguayan Contingent regarding the important work they do in providing transport and engineering support to the MFO mission. For more information on the contingent, please see the following link.

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News & Media MFO Plenary Meeting -- 2022

Jun 27, 2022

MFO Plenary Meeting -- 2022

 

The MFO was honored to hold its first in-person plenary meeting since 2019 in Rome on June 23, 2022. Due to COVID, it was not possible to arrange these meetings in 2020 and 2021.

Representatives from twenty MFO Supporting States participated, including delegations from Egypt, Israel, and the United States.  The MFO’s Director General, Ambassador R. Stephen Beecroft, and Force Commander, MG Evan Williams (New Zealand), provided Supporting State Representatives with an update on the state of the MFO mission, including current and future operations, finances, actions taken to protect our personnel and promote diversity, and our initiatives to expand dialogue between the Treaty Parties, Egypt and Israel, and increase their cooperation.

 

Ambassador Beecroft thanked delegates for “understanding the value of peace. Today, the peace between Egypt and Israel endures and prospers because their leaders and peoples have chosen to pursue peace and because governments and peoples around the world ably and unstintingly support them.”

 

Major General Alaa Kassem, Chief, of Egypt’s Liaison Agency with International Organizations (LAWIO) observed that “the Egyptian-Israeli Peace Treaty has become an international and regional icon of fruitful cooperation, combined effort, credible support, and responsible contribution.”


Brigadier General Efraim Defrin, Chief, of the Israeli Defense Force’s International Cooperation Division remarked that “[t]hirteen countries graciously grant their gifted men and women to serve and assist us. We cannot thank our international partners enough for identifying the importance of lsraeli-Egyptian peace for the region and for committing to support and protect it.”


At the end of the meeting, Ambassador Beecroft presented Egyptian MG Samer Kamal with the MFO’s highest award, the Distinguished Service for Peace Award, for his commitment to the MFO mission and extraordinary contributions to international peace throughout his career with LAWIO spanning the period January 1, 2001 to January 8, 2021.