Belarusian news agency BelTA reports that Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko yesterday told reporter in Dushanbe following the talks with Tajik President Emomali Rahmon that they discussed challenges and threats and ways to combat them. 

"We discussed in detail the difficult situation in the world and in the region, exchanged views on ways of combating modern challenges and threats. In these turbulent days, our countries consistently support each other in international organizations. I am convinced that we will continue to follow this principle," Alexander Lukashenko was cited as saying. 

He reportedly stressed that Belarus is always ready to provide assistance to Tajikistan.  "Once again, I thank my friend, the president of Tajikistan, for fruitful, successful talks, which, I am sure, will give an additional impetus to the bilateral relations.  I have just asked members of our delegations, members of our governments to make sure we do not return home empty-handed, to make sure Tajikistan benefits as well.  Economy and trade are the cornerstone of our relations.   We need to work harder to advance them further. As for us, we have always been a reliable strategic partner and will remain so," the Belarusian leader said.