Hillary Clinton backs Obama on Syria
10 September 2013, 09:40
Washington - Former US secretary of state Hillary
Clinton, a potential 2016 presidential nominee, backed President Barack
Obama's attempts to seek military action against Syria on Monday and
urged Congress to support him.
In a White House event about
wildlife trafficking, Clinton diverted from the subject to comment on
efforts to pressure Syria over an 21 August chemical weapons attack that
US officials say killed 1 429 people.
It would be an "important step" if the Syrian government of
President Bashar Assad immediately ceded control of chemical
weapons, she said.
"The Assad regime's inhumane use of weapons of
mass destruction against innocent men, women and children violates a
universal norm at the heart of our global order," Clinton said.