- The Washington Times - Thursday, February 23, 2012

Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta met Thursday with a Jordanian delegation led by Lt. Gen. Mashal al-Zaben, the chairman of Jordan’s joint chiefs, and Lt. Gen. Prince Feisal bin Hussein.

According to Pentagon press secretary George Little, the trio had “productive conversations about current events in the Middle East, including the unrest in Syria and the situation in Iran.”

Mr. Panetta expressed his deep appreciation for Jordan’s contributions in support of coalition operations, including Afghanistan, Mr. Little said.

The Jordanian delegation is in Washington for the 34th U.S.-Jordan Joint Military Commission, the Defense Department’s annual bilateral consultation with the Jordanian armed forces.