Secretary of State John Kerry has cut short his trip to Europe after suffering an accident while bicycling on Sunday and is returning to Boston for medical care.
The State Department said that Mr. Kerry, 71, had suffered a broken leg when his bike struck a curb while cycling near Scionzier, France. He was transported to a hospital in Geneva and never lost consciousness.
Mr. Kerry had been scheduled to fly to Madrid this afternoon for an official visit there. He was then set to travel to Paris for a meeting on Tuesday of foreign ministers from the coalition the United States has assembled to confront the Islamic State, also known as ISIS or ISIL.
Those travel plans have been canceled, but Mr. Kerry plans to participate in the Paris event remotely by a videoconference.
Mr. Kerry has kept a grueling pace as the United States’ chief diplomat. According to the State Department, he has visited 63 countries and traveled for 356 days since becoming secretary of state.
Mr. Kerry had been planning an active month of diplomacy, including extensive travel to meet with Iranian officials in Europe, to try to conclude an accord limiting Iran’s nuclear program by a June 30 deadline. Mr. Kerry met here for six hours on Saturday with his Iranian counterpart, Mohammad Javad Zarif. It was not clear how quickly he would be able to resume his travel schedule.
Mr. Kerry’s previous effort to negotiate the outline of that agreement in March and early April involved marathon negotiation sessions in Lausanne that went through the night.
“Secretary Kerry broke his right femur in a bicycling accident this morning in Scionzier, France,” John Kirby, the State Department spokesman, said in a statement. “Given the injury is near the site of his prior hip surgery, he will return to Boston today to seek treatment at Massachusetts General Hospital with his doctor who did the prior surgery.”
The statement added that Mr. Kerry was in good spirits and expected to make a full recovery.
“The Secretary very much regrets not being able to visit Spain to meet with one of our close allies for discussions on a range of issues, as well as being unable to attend the counter-ISIL coalition ministerial meeting on Tuesday in Paris in person,” the statement said.
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