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John Kerry leaves Boston hospital

John Kerry spoke outside of Massachusetts General Hospital.
John Kerry spoke outside of Massachusetts General Hospital. John Tlumacki/Globe Staff

Secretary of State John F. Kerry was discharged from Massachusetts General Hospital on Friday afternoon.

Kerry, who was in the hospital recovering after he broke his leg while bicycling in France, held a brief news conference as he left the hospital, saying he looked forward to being at his Beacon Hill home for the weekend with his wife and his dog.

“It’s really wonderful just to get outdoors, see the summertime,” he said as he emerged from the building.

Kerry, who was on crutches and flanked by hospital staff involved in his care, said he also looked forward to getting back to work in Washington next week.

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Kerry said he had been in touch with President Obama and other top government officials and “we, I think, have been making some critical decisions that are going to move the process forward in Iraq.”

He said he had also talked Friday to his team working on nuclear disarmament negotiations with Iran.

“I will be absolutely, fully, and totally engaged in those talks. I am now. I haven’t missed a tick,” he said.

“There’s a lot of work on the table,” he said. “The one good thing, I will tell you, about being on your back for a few days —it gives you time to think, and it gives you clarity. And I’ve had a lot of time to think about some of the challenges that we face — some things we could perhaps tweak, things we need to do — and also to feel good about the things that I think we’re doing very well.”

Kerry underwent four hours of surgery on June 2 after fracturing his femur.

Kerry had arrived in Boston on June 1 following the cycling accident in the Alps.

A former longtime US senator from Massachusetts, Kerry was the Democratic nominee for president in 2004.

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John Kerry underwent four hours of surgery on june 2 after fracturing his femur.
John Kerry underwent four hours of surgery on june 2 after fracturing his femur.REUTERS

Joshua Miller of the Globe staff contributed to this report.