U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry has cancelled the rest of his diplomatic tour of Europe following his bicycle accident on Sunday in Geneva. Kerry, 71, was in Geneva to hold a conversation with Iran’s foreign minister regarding the ongoing nuclear talks between the two nations.
Although Kerry was deemed to be in a stable condition, he fractured his right leg during the bicycle crash. The group of first responders that were a part of the motorcade stated Kerry never once lost consciousness, and is now on his way back to the U.S. for treatment. The secretary of state is known for cycling while on long diplomatic trips all over the world. Kerry was to fly to Madrid on Sunday and then to Paris for a conference to outline the political combat strategy against ISIS.
The cancellation of the European diplomatic tour comes just as talks and negotiations between the world’s biggest powers and Iran are nearing the end of engineering a comprehensive nuclear accord to be finished by June 30. The deal will lift international sanctions if Tehran agrees to put a decade-long hold on their nuclear manufacturing program said to be only for civilian energy purposes.
By Alex Lemieux
CNBC: John Kerry cancels Europe tour after bicycle crash in France
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