by Chinwe Okafor
US Secretary of State John Kerry has cut short his trip to Europe after suffering an accident while bicycling on Saturday 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 Tuesday meeting of foreign ministers from the coalition the United States has assembled to confront the Islamic State, also known as ISIS.
Those travel plans have been cancelled, but Mr. Kerry plans to participate in the Paris event remotely by a videoconference.
“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 is in good spirits and is 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.