TBILISI, April 10 (RIA Novosti) – Georgian President Mikheil Saakashvili will need more than a month to recover after undergoing surgery on his arm on Sunday, according to a statement posted on his Facebook page on Wednesday.
Saakashvili arrived in Turkey for a four-day visit on April 6, but was taken to a hospital in Istanbul two days later, after colliding with a trailer while riding a bike. As a result of the accident, the president’s arm was broken in three places.
“The surgery was performed under general anesthetic and lasted several hours,” the statement said, adding that surgeons had inserted metal plates into Saakashvili’s shoulder.
Saakashvili spent two days in hospital before holding a meeting with his Turkish counterpart, Abdullah Gul, on Tuesday.
The Georgian president was set to fly to Georgia on Wednesday.