Hungary's prime minister says stability in Egypt is crucial for the rest of the Arab world and Europe.

Prime Minister Viktor Orban, who hosted Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi on Friday, said that Egypt was indispensable for stability in the Arab world and "since distances in the modern world have shrunk ... there is no stability in Europe without a stable Egypt."

El-Sissi, who overthrew his Islamist predecessor Mohamed Morsi following mass protests in 2013 and won elections a year ago, says he hopes Hungary would "take a stand for Egypt within the European Union."

During their meeting, the two countries signed several cooperation agreements and Orban said Hungary would provide scholarships to 100 Egyptian students.