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Nov 24, 2022

MFO COP27 Visits

Over the month of November 2022, youths, dignitaries, and Heads of State from all over the world visited Sharm El Sheikh to attend the 2022 United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP27). During this time, many representatives from MFO Troop Contributing and Donor States took the opportunity to visit us in the Sinai.

Nov 14, 2022

MFO Remembrance Events 2022

MFO Sinai members participated in a series of solemn commemoration events at South and North Camp, and in Egypt and Israel, to honor and remember the Fallen who gave their lives in service for their countries and in support of peace.

Nov 11, 2022

Remembrance Day 2022, Rome Wreath Laying

On Remembrance Day, to honor service members who lost their lives in duty to their countries, MFO Director General Elizabeth L. Dibble laid a wreath at the Rome Commonwealth Cemetery in their memory.  The event was hosted by Lord Edward Llewellyn OBE, the British Ambassador to Italy and San Marino and was attended by representatives from MFO Supporting States Australia, Canada, Germany, Italy, New Zealand, and the United States.

Nov 10, 2022

Albania Signs Participation Agreement with MFO

 

On 8 November 2022, Albanian Defence Minister Niko Peleshi and MFO Director General Elizabeth L. Dibble signed a participation agreement to provide military personnel in support of the MFO mission.

Oct 18, 2022

DG Award Presented to Mr. Chen

On 16 October 2022, Mr. Andy Chen was presented with the Director General’s Award by Ms. Elizabeth Dibble during her orientation visit to MFO Sinai. It is the highest honor presented to MFO Members.

Oct 12, 2022

NZ Minister of Defence Visit

Over the period 7 to 9 October 2022, the New Zealand Minister of Defence, the Honourable Peeni Henare, escorted by Rear Admiral James Gilmour (Commander Joint Forces New Zealand) and Mr. Greg Lewis (New Zealand Ambassador to Egypt), visited the MFO in Sinai with stops at South Camp, North Camp, and Remote Site 2. Following his visit, he met with the MFO’s Director General, Elizabeth Dibble, in Cairo along with her Representative, Mr. Bradley Lynch.

Oct 4, 2022

MFO Spotlight: International Staff in Sinai

The MFO speaks with Ms. Doris Meliwane, a member of our international staff at South Camp, about her work with the MFO as a Vehicle Maintenance Foreman and the opportunities for women to engage in trade jobs.

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.

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Nov 14, 2022

MFO Remembrance Events 2022

MFO Sinai members participated in a series of solemn commemoration events at South and North Camp, and in Egypt and Israel, to honor and remember the Fallen who gave their lives in service for their countries and in support of peace.

On 22 October, an MFO delegation, including the Force Commander and our Director General's Representative in Cairo, joined Australian, British, Canadian, Egyptian, French, German, Greek, Italian, and Polish Military representatives among others, to commemorate the 80th Anniversary of the Second Battle of El Alamein. Standing together to pay respect to the Fallen with representatives from countries who used to face each other in war made attendees realize and appreciate the value of peace. On this somber occasion, Australia and New Zealand contingent members were honored with Catafalque Guard duties at the German memorial and Commonwealth El Alamein cemetery.

 

On 31 October, another MFO delegation, including the Director General's Representative in Israel, participated in a ceremony at Be’er-Sheva, Israel, for the 105th commemoration of the second-to-last cavalry charge in history, staged by the Australian Light Horse regiment. This charge marked a turning point in the region during World War I. The last charge was undertaken by the New Zealand Mounted Rifles two weeks later. A particular highlight of the ceremony was the ANZAC Catafalque Party comprising Australian and New Zealand contingent members at the Be’er-Sheva War Cemetery.

 

On Friday 11 November, MFO Sinai gathered to remember and honor both the Fallen and Veterans of battle on Remembrance (Armistice) Day. At the eleventh hour, MFO members paid respect to those who made the ultimate sacrifice in military conflicts during and since World War I, as well as those who lost their lives in the service of peace with the MFO.

 

On Saturday 12 November, the MFO commemorated the second anniversary of the helicopter crash that claimed the lives of seven MFO members in 2020. Their tragic loss is still deeply felt within the MFO and at home.


Among those honored on these days were Veterans and those who sacrificed greatly to protect and defend freedom and their homes. Many returned from these conflicts wounded in body and soul; too many never recovered from it.

 

On both 11 and 12 November, MFO members observed a minute of silence. We shall never forget the bravery and courage of those who went before us.