Foreign secretaries of Pakistan and India held talks on Sunday in Bhutan, in the first high-level meeting between the two countries since July, according to a foreign news agency. Pakistan foreign secretary Salman Bashir and his Indian counterpart Nirupama Rao met on the sidelines of a South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC) conference. India suspended a peace dialogue with Pakistan after the November 2008 Mumbai attacks, which claimed 166 lives, but the two countries last year began to explore a resumption of structured talks. "Dialogue between India and Pakistan is necessary and a must if we are to satisfactorily resolve the outstanding issues between our two countries," Rao was quoted as saying by the news agency. "We have a number of outstanding issues. So we are going into this with an open mind and constructive attitude."