WASHINGTON- Chief of Army Staff General Raheel Sharif met with US Secretary of State John Kerry on Sunday at the US Department of State, according to a Twitter update by Director General of the Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR) Major General Asim Bajwa.

During the meeting General Raheel Sharif presented Pakistan's perspective on regional security issues. US Secretary of State John Kerry acknowledged Pakistan's role in fighting terror and the sacrifices rendered by the country. He also praised the professionalism of Pakistan Army and termed the institution a 'truly binding force,' the DG said. Kerry also welcomed progress on improved ties between Pakistan and Afghanistan as a step towards regional stability. He further assured the United States' full support in this regard.

Gen Sharif came to the United States on a two-week visit earlier this month for talks on strategic issues and on Operation Zarb-i-Azb. He has already met senior officials at the White House, the State Department and the US Department of Defense. He also met US services chiefs and visited headquarters of the US Central Command for talks on issues related to US strategies in the Pak-Afghan region. The Central Command oversees US military efforts in Afghanistan, Iraq and Syria. During his presentations in Washington, Gen Sharif assured the US administration that the operation in North Waziristan was directed against all terrorist groups. He told US officials, who were particularly concerned about the activities of the Haqqani network that the Haqqanis were among the groups Pakistan was targeting and there were no exceptions in this operation.