Fri, 01 Dec 2023

WELLINGTON, Oct. 2 (Xinhua) -- New Zealand will contribute to the leadership of the Multinational Force and Observers (MFO) again in the Sinai Peninsula, Egypt, according to official sources.

New Zealand Major General Evan Williams has been deployed to serve as the MFO's Interim Force Commander and will lead the organization for up to six months from October. Two additional personnel were also deployed to support him, said Defense Minister Andrew Little on Monday.

Williams previously led the MFO for three and a half years from 2019.

The MFO is a neutral arbiter in monitoring the implementation of security provisions of the Egypt-Israel Peace Treaty, and comprises 1,100 international military personnel and an additional 700 local civilian staff.

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