THIMPHU (Bhutan) - The Pakistani and Indian Foreign Secretaries met after a gap of nearly six months in Thimphu on Sunday to find ways to resume talks that broke down badly last July. The Indian side termed the meeting, that lasted for an hour and a half, as useful and frank discussions. Both the sides agreed on the need for a constructive dialogue to resolve all outstanding issues, reported NDTV. Indian government sources said there was good progress made on charting the way forward. India has pressed for a step by step approach dealing with less contentious issues first, but has said no to Pakistans insistence on a timeline, the Indian government sources said. Now the two Foreign Secretaries will report back to their respective governments. The delegation consisted of six officials, led by the two Foreign Secretaries, Nirupama Rao and Salman Bashir. Even though the shadow of the Samjhota blast and recent statements by Pakistan loomed large, both had reiterated ahead of the talks that they were meeting with an open mind. We are resuming our contact after interregnum of some time. We have a number of issues to be discussed. As we have always said that dialogue between India and Pakistan is necessary and a must if we are to satisfactorily resolve the outstanding issues between our two countries, Nirupama Rao had said. We have a number of outstanding issues. So, we are going into this with an open mind and constructive attitude, she added. Salman Bashir said he was hopeful and optimistic ahead of the dialogue. In an interview with India Today ahead of the foreign secretary-level talks, Bashir said Pakistan is seeking constructive engagement with India. He added that both countries need to take incremental steps to reach the goals that they have set. APP adds: The foreign secretaries of India and Pakistan agreed to continue constructive dialogue between the two countries to resolve all outstanding issues. Pakistans Foreign Secretary Salman Bashir and Indias Foreign Secretary Nirupama Rao affirmed the need to carry out forward the dialogue process in a meeting in Bhutan, said a press release issued by Pakistan High Commissions Camp Office in Thimphu. The meeting was held in pursuance of the mandate given by the prime ministers of the two states, following their meeting in Thimphu in April 2010, and the meeting of the foreign ministers in July 2010. The foreign secretaries had useful and frank discussions on the steps required to be taken for further talks. Salman Bashir was assisted in the talks by Pakistans High Commissioner to India Shahid Malik. Bashir said that it was a productive meeting where both sides agreed to chart a way forward for meaningful engagement to address all issues of interest and concern, including all outstanding issues. Bashir said that he was satisfied with the talks. Pakistan looks forward to a purposeful engagement with India. In this context, he conveyed to the Indian Foreign Secretary the importance of uninterrupted and uninterruptible dialogue process. Pakistan looked forward with confidence to creating a regional environment conducive to development, stability and peace.