Carter lauds U.S. troops during meeting in Jordan

Deputy Defense Secretary Ashton B. Carter met with Jordanian leaders and U.S. troops on Tuesday as part of a six-day visit to the Middle East and Europe.

U.S. troops have been in the region working on multiple issues, including humanitarian relief and helping Jordan to monitor Syrian chemical and biological weapon sites. Carter expressed appreciation for Jordan as a U.S. ally burdened with caring for thousands of Syrian refugees.

Carter met with Jordan's King Abdullah II, the country's military leaders and U.S. military forces during his visit.

"I've been in the region for several days, and around the region many times," Carter said. "The good news is that everybody wants to be a friend to the United States...not only because we're good at what we do, but because we're good. And they like and value that - none better than the Jordanians."

In October, Defense Secretary Leon Panetta said that Pentagon officials were working with Jordan and Turkey to help with security and humanitarian issues related to the Syrian crisis.

"We have been working with Jordan for a period of time now on a number of the issues that have developed as a result of what's happening in Syria," Panetta said.

At the time, Panetta said that the U.S. was helping Jordan to develop military capabilities in case of any contingency, including the use of biological and chemical weapons.