U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry returns home Monday after breaking his leg in a bicycle crash.
Kerry was hospitalized in the Swiss city of Geneva in stable condition after the crash Sunday near Scionzier, France, about 40 kilometers from the Swiss border.
State Department spokesman John Kirby said Sunday Kerry had planned to fly back to the U.S. Sunday evening, “but after further consultation it was sensible for him to remain in the hospital for observation overnight for purely precautionary measures.” Kirby said the secretary was “in great spirits and active” and had made a number of phone calls, including one with President Barack Obama.
Kerry, who fractured his femur, will receive further treatment in Boston. A spokesperson said that because the injury is near the site of his prior hip surgery, Kerry will be treated by the same doctor who performed that surgery.
Kirby added that Kerry’s orthopedic surgeon will accompany the secretary on the flight back to Boston to monitor his condition and ensure he remains comfortable on the C-17 military aircraft.
He was in Switzerland for talks with Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif on reaching a nuclear deal before the June 30 deadline.
Those talks did not continue Sunday as originally planned after Iran rejected a Western demand to allow site inspections.
Kerry had been due to travel to Spain for talks and then on to Paris for a conference on fighting the Islamic State group. A spokesperson says he plans to participate in the conference remotely.