09/09/2013 02:40 pm ET Updated Sep 09, 2013

Hillary Clinton: Syria Giving Up Chemical Weapons Would Be 'Important Step' (VIDEO)

Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said Monday that Syria surrendering its chemical weapons to the international community would be an "important step," hours after Secretary of State John Kerry mentioned it as a possible way to avoid airstrikes.

Clinton cautioned that it could not be another "excuse for delay or obstruction."

Clinton made the comments at a White House event on national wildlife trafficking after meeting with President Barack Obama on Monday.

Below, more from the AP:

WASHINGTON (AP) — Former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton says any move by Syria to surrender its chemical weapons to international control would be an "important step."

Clinton spoke at the White House on Monday after meeting with President Barack Obama. The White House is asking Congress to approve a military strike punishing Syria's government for a chemical weapons attack. But a new proposal would have Syria turn over its stockpiles to avoid a strike.

Clinton is crediting current Secretary of State John Kerry and Russia's government with floating the proposal.

She says the world must deal with Syria's chemical weapons threat "as swiftly and comprehensively as possible." She says Russia must support the world's efforts or be held accountable.



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