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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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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.

The Minister travelled to meet with deployed New Zealand (NZ) personnel, to learn more about the MFO, and to understand how the NZ presence contributed to the MFO mission. During the visit, the Minister received a strategic briefing from the MFO’s Force Commander, Major General Evan Williams, outlining the status of the current operational environment in Sinai along with other briefings on MFO activities.

 

There were many occasions to meet with NZ contingent members including a traditional welcome ceremony (Pōwhiri). These opportunities highlighted the range of the contingent’s involvement with and contribution to the MFO mission, such as their efforts in the area of Force Protection, the work undertaken by an Engineering surge team in and around South Camp, and that undertaken by the NZ electrician to install helicopter landing lights at North Camp. In addition, the Minister viewed the extensive development work completed under the management of the NZ Project Engineer at Remote Site 2 and the support provided by NZ drivers in Sinai.



The Minister commented that he was immensely proud of the Kiwi personnel serving in Sinai and their strong presence within the MFO. Their mana (pride) in being members of the MFO family and their commitment to peacekeeping in Sinai was evident when they performed the haka during the Pōwhiri. The Minister also remarked upon the role NZ contingent members undertake in training and developing other contingents’ skill sets. Their ability to disseminate knowledge and overcome cultural and language barriers plays an important role in improving and sustaining operations.