WASHINGTON- Chief of Army Staff Gen Raheel Sharif  was conferred with the US Legion of Merit Medal, in recognition of his brave leadership and efforts to ensure peace in the region.

DG ISPR Maj. Gen Asim Bajwa in a message on Twitter said that, Gen Raheel was conferred with the prestigious US military medal for his brave leadership, sagacity, vision and for making efforts for establishing peace in the region.

The medal was conferred during Gen Raheel’s visit to the Pentagon, where he also held important meeting with top US military officials. Meetings were held with US Chairman Joint Chief of Staff Gen Martin Dempsey, Secretary of Defense Robert Work and Commander US Marines Gen Joseph Dunford.

The focus of these meetings remained on regional security, Afghanistan and long-term military-to-military relations between the two countries, DG ISPR said in his Twitter message.

Pentagon Spokesman Rear Adm. John Kirby in a statement said, the leaders discussed regional security issues and their commitment to an enduring partnership. They also emphasized the importance of sustained and substantive dialogue as we continue to develop the bilateral military-to-military relationship. This was Gen. Sharif's first official visit to the United States since becoming the chief of army staff in November 2013.