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Apr 12, 2021

Memorial Service for Mr. Mobariz

On April 6, 2021, the MFO’s Cairo Office held a memorial service in honor of Mr. Ashraf Mobariz, our Senior Liaison and Security Officer in Cairo, who died on November 5, 2020, due to complications from COVID-19. The event was attended by Mr. Mobariz’s son, two of his siblings, his colleagues from our Cairo Office staff, MG Samer Kamal, Chief of Egypt’s Liaison Agency with International Organizations, and the MFO’s Director General, Ambassador Beecroft.

Apr 6, 2021

MFO Spotlight: JCON

The MFO speaks to Lieutenant Colonel Masahito Fukayama from the Japanese Contingent (JCON), our current Deputy Chief of Liaison South, on his role in the Liaison Office and his deployment with the MFO. For more information on JCON please see the following link.

Mar 23, 2021

Supplemental Japanese Funding

We are pleased to announce that the Government of Japan has generously agreed to provide the MFO with supplemental project funding for a seventh consecutive year. Since MFO FY 2015, Japan has funded projects to improve the security and well-being of our personnel and to ensure the stability and safety of our mission.

Mar 18, 2021

MFO Thanks its Women Peacekeepers

With the celebration of International Women’s Day on 8 March and the designation of March as Women’s History Month in some of our Supporting States, we recognize and thank all of the women throughout the MFO for their vital and indispensable contributions to the success of our mission of peace. Women peacekeepers excel in the most crucial and demanding of peacekeeping roles and under the most challenging conditions.

Mar 7, 2021

Supporting States Visit

The MFO's Force and Observers in Sinai were honored to welcome representatives from fourteen MFO Supporting States (Australia, Colombia, Czech Republic, Finland, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Republic of Korea, United Kingdom, and United States) to the MFO’s South Camp.

Dec 14, 2020

Supporting State Visit

The MFO’s Force Commander, Major General Evan Williams, hosted a successful familiarization day visit to North Camp for Defense Attachés and other key staff from the Cairo embassies of eleven of our Supporting States.

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.

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Mar 23, 2021

Supplemental Japanese Funding

We are pleased to announce that the Government of Japan has generously agreed to provide the MFO with supplemental project funding for a seventh consecutive year. Since MFO FY 2015, Japan has funded projects to improve the security and well-being of our personnel and to ensure the stability and safety of our mission.

This year’s contribution, amounting to $1,470,700, will be applied towards installing communication towers at MFO facilities in Sinai. This contribution is particularly helpful in meeting the challenges of the ongoing COVID pandemic. COVID-related heatlh risks, flight restrictions, border closures, and curfews have increased our reliance on communications to carry out our operations, ensure contacts with and between Egyptian and Israeli officials, and protect the health and safety of our personnel.

The MFO, along with Egypt and Israel, is grateful for Japan's many contributions to peace and stability in the region and its long-standing support of the MFO mission. Japan is the MFO’s first Donor State and has provided generous funding to the MFO since1989.