Egypt's foreign minister Sameh Shoukry said that Egypt and Bahrain are bolstering intelligence cooperation to combat terrorism, while urging international collaboration to confront the phenomenon.
Shoukry made the comments during a press conference with his Bahraini counterpart Khalid bin Ahmed Al-Khalifa, who is currently in Cairo as part of a delegation accompanying visiting Bahraini King Hamad bin Issa Al-Khalifa.
The senior diplomat said the two Arab states have reinforced "intelligence cooperation as well as exchanges of information" as part of efforts to fight terrorism, which he said has taken a toll on both countries.
The Bahraini minister was quoted by Egypt's state news agency MENA as saying that terrorism has spread as a result of weakening nationalism, adding that "the stronger and more coherent the state becomes, the weaker the sphere is for terrorism."
Cairo and Manama are set to sign a number of deals and memorandums of understanding during the king's two-day visit in a myriad of fields including maritime trade, taxes, education and health.
Bahrain's BNA news agency said the visit was aimed at boosting "strong historical ties" between both countries and addressing recent regional and internal developments.