India Monday said the meeting between Indo-Pak Foreign Secretaries had laid a ''solid foundation'' for sustained engagement aimed at building ''bridges of trust and mutual confidence''. Arriving here in Thimphu to attend the 33rd meeting of SAARC Council of Ministers, Indian External Affairs Minister S M Krishna described yesterday's meeting between Indian Foreign Secretary Nirupama Rao and her Pakistani counterpart Salman Bashir as part of a process of engagement which is being taken forward as per the direction of Prime Ministers Manmohan Singh and Yousuf Raza Gilani. "The genesis of all this was the Prime Ministers, when they met in Thimphu, they mandated the Foreign Ministers and Foreign Secretaries to bridge the trust deficit between the two countries. So, all these meetings at the level of Foreign Secretaries and Foreign Ministers are going to achieve that purpose... building bridges of trust, mutual confidence, respect and all the other things," Krishna was quoted as saying by PTI. Rao and Bashir met last night for about 90-minutes to discuss ways to restore stalled dialogue process and to chart a way forward. Both sides described talks as "constructive" and express optimism over the future of the bilateral ties. Asked whether progress had been made at the meeting, Krishna said, "The very fact that the two Foreign Secretaries met is certainly an indication that solid foundation has been laid for getting the two countries on the sustained engagement." Meanwhile Indian Foreign Secretary Nirupama Rao said India is "cautiously optimistic" on charting a way forward in the dialogue process with Pakistan and would like to see the process to mature keeping in view ground realities. "We had a good meeting, useful meeting. We were able to discuss a number of issues of relevance with the (Indo-Pak) relationship," Rao told reporters here, a day after meeting her Pakistani counterpart Salman Bashir. She said her discussions with Bashir were not dominated by any one issue."We talked about the (dialogue) process and charting the way forward, what the best modalities would be," she said."All in all it was a useful meeting," Rao said, adding that both the sides had adopted an open and "constructive attitude." "I'm satisfied." Asked about the next step, she said, "we need to wait and see.""We have to wait for this process to mature.