U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry's surgery on broken leg successful
U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry underwent a surgery to have a fracture in his right leg repaired Tuesday and the surgery is successful, according to State Department spokesman John Kirby, Xinhua reported.
The surgery was done at Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston, Massachusetts, Kirby said. Before the hours-long surgery, Kerry spoke over the phone to a meeting of allies in Paris, discussing the fight against ISIS.
Kerry broke his right femur Sunday in a bicycling accident when he joined a portion of the Tour de France route inside France. Kerry had been in Geneva, Switzerland, for talks with Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif Saturday. He returned to Boston Monday for the surgery and canceled planned visits to Madrid of Spain and Paris of France.
The accident has raised suspicions that Kerry's injury may delay the Iran nuclear negotiations ahead of an end-of-June deadline.
"Because he believes he's got a lot on his plate, and he does, and it's too early to say what impact his injury will have on the broader negotiations," said Josh Earnest, the White House press secretary, during a daily news briefing. "The thing that I'm confident is true and will continue to be true is that he will play a leading role in our efforts to try to complete these negotiations by the end of June."