Clinton backs Carr's plan of protection for Syrian medical workers

Foreign Minister Bob Carr discussed his plan, which would help thousands cut off from basic care, with Mrs Clinton during the Australia-US Ministerial (AUSMIN) consultations in Perth.

"I welcome Secretary Clinton's support and her commendation of Australia's initiative in supporting medical care for Syrian civilians," Senator Carr said, in a statement.

The plan would involve securing a commitment from all sides in the Syrian conflict not to target medical personnel, block access to doctors, hospitals or emergency care and not to