and trade cooperation amongst SAARC countries will help reduce poverty in the region and improve the living standards of the people. He was talking to a delegation of SAARC Chamber of Commerce and Industry headed by its President Iftikhar Malik in Islamabad Monday. He said, promoting trade relations with SAARC countries is our top priority but unfortunately, the volume of trade between SAARC member countries is very low and it needs to be increased. Iftikhar Malik assured the Foreign Minister that as President of the SAARC Chamber of Commerce, he would do his utmost to promote trade and economic cooperation amongst the SAARC countries. He also briefed the Foreign Minister about the new building of SAARC Chamber Headquarters in Islamabad. The Foreign Minister congratulated Iftikhar Malik on his election as president of the SAARC Chamber of Commerce and Industry. Iftikhar Malik briefed the Foreign Minister about the new building of SAARC Chamber Headquarters in Islamabad. He assured the Foreign Minister that as president of the SAARC Chamber of Commerce, he would do his utmost to promote trade and economic cooperation between the SAARC member countries. Meanwhile, chairing a meeting of scholars of the Institute of Strategic Studies in federal capital Monday, Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi says the role of think-tanks is indispensable for understanding diplomatic challenges in view of rapidly changing global scenario in the wake of COVID-19. He said our think-tanks need to expand links with think-tanks in ASEAN, SAARC and other regional forums. The meeting discussed development of ties in the region, the changing global scenario after COVID-19 and the challenges facing at diplomatic front.