US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton is restricted from international travel for the rest of her term in office, which ends in mid-January. The State Department issued a brief communique saying the restriction was imposed by doctors due to Clinton's recent illness, AFP reported.
The secretary of state suffered a mild concussion last week after she fainted, apparently as the result of dehydration due to a stomach virus.
In a statement that revealed Clinton's condition might be more serious than a simple concussion, her closest aide, Philippe Reines said, “Given her condition, the secretary's doctors have advised that she may not fly for any significant duration in the coming weeks. So as things stand we are not planning any travel through mid-January.”
"She is tireless and extraordinary. I spoke with her this past week,” President Barack Obama said of Clinton, who was unable to be present, in his remarks at a holiday diplomatic reception at State Department headquarters. “We can't wait to have her back. I know that all of you join me in sending her wishes for a speedy recovery,” he said.
Obama said that had Clinton been able to join the reception, he was “going to congratulate her on her record-breaking travels, visiting 112 nations, just about every one of the countries that are represented here this evening – more than 400 travel days; nearly one million miles. These are not frequent flyer miles. She does not get discounts.”
But Obama, too, alluded to the possibility that Clinton's condition might be more serious than a mild concussion and stomach virus: “I suspect she's not going to be flying commercial that much after she leaves the State Department,” he commented.