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.