G8 supports U.N. investigation of chemical weapons use in Syria

The G8 countries reached a consensus that there should be a U.N. investigation with access to reports of chemical weapons use in Syria, the White House said on Tuesday.

Ben Rhodes, the White House's deputy national security advisor, made the remarks on Tuesday during a press briefing aboard Air Force One. Rhodes discussed the outcomes of the G8, during which eight world powers met to discuss Syria and other topics. Rhodes said there was consensus among the G8 countries that the U.N. should have access to Syria.

"On the issue of chemical weapons, which we've been focused on, consistent with what we've been saying to the United Nations and the Syrian government you saw consensus among the G8 countries that there should be a U.N. investigation that gets access of reports of chemical weapons use within Syria," Rhodes said. "We'd like to see that process going forward, so it's important for the G8 to send a strong message there."

Rhodes also discussed a reaffirmation of the Geneva Communiqué, which supports a transitional governing body in Syria, and the commitment of $1.5 billion in total from the G8 countries to meet humanitarian needs in Syria and in neighboring countries.

Rhodes said the G8 countries sent a strong signal in relation to Syria during the meeting.

"There are huge challenges in Syria, so this in no way minimizes the difficulties ahead," Rhodes said. "But given the various ways the G8 could have gone, we believe that on these key issues of political transition, humanitarian support and chemical weapons investigation it's very helpful to have this type of signal being sent by these eight countries."