Minsk and Dushanbe agreed to raise the bilateral relations to a strategic partnership level ranging from economy to culture. President of Belarus A.Lukashenko noted this at the extended-format meeting with President of Tajikistan Emmomali Rahmon. The heads of states also adopted a joint declaration, saying that the talks were held in traditionally friendly, trustful and constructive atmosphere. The parties confirmed their readiness to strengthen the political dialog, drafted the ways of further interaction on the most important issues of the international agenda. The meetng of the presidents was preceded by an official ceremony, launching of a business forum, opening of the National exposition of Belarus.