Egypt's President Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi told a visiting Canadian parliamentary delegation on Saturday that his country is eager to change the popular discourse on religion, moving away from extremist interpretations and the prejudice these provoke against religion, state news agency MENA reported.
El-Sisi met with the delegation in the presidential palace in Cairo's Heliopolis.
The president said he is also keen to promote values of tolerance, coexistence and acceptance of the other.
El-Sisi discussed with the delegation the government's latest efforts to create jobs and improve conditions for foreign investment.
The president spoke on Egypt's efforts to combat terrorism, emphasising the need for international cooperation to eradicate the problem, which he said threatens all countries.
El-Sisi also said that the parliamentary delegation's visit represents a prime opportunity to renew parliamentary relationships between Egypt and Canada.
The president noted that there is a large Egyptian community in Canada, and hundreds of Egyptian students studying at Canadian universities.