Multinational Forces and Observers (MFO)

Personnel: Up to 28

New Zealand has participated in the MFO since it was established in 1982 to ensure compliance with the commitments of the 1979 Treaty of Peace between Egypt and Israel. The mission remains important to regional stability. New Zealand contributes up to 28 personnel including a transport section, a training and advisory team, key staff positions and two engineers to the mission.

In early 2017, the New Zealand Defence Force (NZDF) will deploy an additional 35 personnel to the MFO for six months to provide engineering support. The engineers will build a security fence around the MFO South Camp near Sharm El-Sheikh. It will bolster the security of the mission by enhancing physical protection at the camp including for NZDF personnel. Read the media release (external link) .