WASHINGTON (Online) - Chief of the Army Staff (COAS) General Ashfaq Parvez Kayani has been awarded the Legion of Merit (Degree of Commander) as a mark and in recognition of his services by the US army. According to ISPR, Gen Kayani called on Robert Gates, Secretary of Defence, Admiral Michael Mullen and General George Casey. Gen Kayani discussed matters of mutual interest with particular reference to security situation in the region. Kayani also called on Lieutenant General Mapples, Director Defence Intelligence Agency. During the day, the COAS also visited Pentagon and held a detailed meeting with Admiral Michael Mullen, CJCS in which they continued their discussions on regional strategic matters. Official bilateral round table talks were also held between the COAS and General George Casey, the US Army Chief. As a mark and in recognition of "his superb leadership qualities and for making Pakistan Army a robust and capable fighting force and also keeping with the finest traditions of military service, being great credit upon himself, the Pakistan Army and Pakistan," General Ashfaq Parvez Kayani was awarded the Legion of Merit (Degree of Commander). Earlier on arrival at Fort Mayer, an impressive welcome ceremony was held in which a smartly turned out contingent of US Army presented guard of honour.