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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 MFO Welcomes a New Force Commander

Mar 5, 2023

MFO Welcomes a New Force Commander

Major General Pavel Kolář of the Czech Republic assumed command of the Multinational Force and Observers in the Sinai from Major General Evan Williams of New Zealand on 5 March 2023, during a Change of Command ceremony held at South Camp in Sharm El Sheikh, Egypt.

The ceremony was presided over by the MFO’s Director General, Ms. Elizabeth L. Dibble, with dignitaries in attendance from Egypt and Israel, the Parties to the Treaty of Peace, the Czech Republic and New Zealand as well as other MFO Supporting States.


During the Change of Command ceremony, Ms. Dibble thanked Major General Williams for his distinguished service to the MFO since December 2019 and presented him with the MFO’s Distinguished Service for Peace Award, the MFO’s highest honor. Major General Williams was recognized for his achievements in leading the MFO through the COVID-19 pandemic in the Sinai, strengthening the MFO relationships with the Treaty Parties and Supporting States, and improving processes and infrastructures across MFO Sinai’s area of operations over the last three and a half years of his term as Force Commander.


The MFO warmly welcomed Major General Kolář to the MFO as its fourteenth Force Commander and the first from the Czech Republic.


In addition to New Zealand and now the Czech Republic, previous MFO Force Commanders have come from Australia, Canada, Italy, the Netherlands, and Norway.