"We have a number of outstanding issues. So, we are going into this with an open mind and constructive attitude," Rao said.
Noting that her Pakistani counterpart would also have a "number of ideas" to discuss, Rao said, "so, this is going to be exploratory discussion and we hope that through this process, we can find a way forward."
Bashir separately said he was looking forward to his meeting with Rao. "My expectations are that we should be working towards continued engagement," he said. He said the two Foreign Secretaries would be preparing for engagement between their Foreign Ministers.