BANDAR SERI BEGAWAN – Brunei and Egypt signed two agreements in Cairo on Monday aimed at boosting cultural, economic and technical cooperation.

His Majesty Sultan Haji Hassanal Bolkiah is in Egypt on a two-day state visit to hold talks with Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi.

The two leaders spoke about developing bilateral cooperation in Islamic knowledge, tourism, culture, investment and the economy, according to a statement from the Prime Minister’s Office.

Egyptian daily Al-Ahram also reported that President El-Sisi stressed the importance of mutual political coordination in combating terrorism and extremism, and cited the role of Egypt’s religious institutions, such as Al-Azhar, in “correcting religious discourse”.

After the meeting, ministers from both governments inked two memoranda of understanding (MoU): the first a MoU on cultural cooperation; and the second a MoU on economic and technical cooperation.

Earlier in the day, His Majesty also laid a wreath at the Memorial of the Unknown Soldier and visited the tomb of the late Egyptian President Anwar Sadat, who was assassinated in 1981.