Secretary of State John Kerry has cut short his trip to Europe after breaking a leg while bicycling on Sunday (today) and is returning to Boston for medical treatment.
The State Department said that Mr. Kerry’s bike struck a curb while he was cycling near Scionzier, France. He was taken to a hospital in Geneva and never lost consciousness.
Kerry’s Spokesperson, John Kirby, also confirmed that 71-year-old Mr. Kerry was taken by helicopter to Geneva University Hospital, where he was conscious and in stable condition with a leg injury.
He said the accident occurred in Scionzier, a town near the border with Switzerland, around 9.40 a.m.
Mr. Kirby said the secretary was attended to by a physician and paramedics travelling in his motorcade.
Mr. Kerry had conducted talks on Saturday in Geneva with Iranian Foreign Minister, Mohammad Zarif, as part of ongoing efforts to forge a comprehensive agreement about Tehran’s disputed nuclear programme ahead of a June 30 deadline.
He had been due to fly to Madrid later on Sunday to meet with Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy and King Felipe VI. on Tuesday.
Mr. Kerry was also scheduled to travel to Paris to hold talks with counterparts from the countries participating in the military coalition targeting the Islamic State group in Iraq and Syria.