WASHINGTON, Jan. 22, 2016 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Today, Jason Rezaian and his family departed the U.S. military hospital in Landstuhl, Germany for the United States and issued the following statement.
"Today my family and I left Landstuhl to return home to the United States. I appreciate the exceptional care I received from the doctors and medical staff, as well as the hospitality we were shown during our stay on the base. I again want to thank the Swiss Foreign Ministry and Air Force for all they did to see me and my family safely out of Iran, as well as Secretary Kerry, Ambassador McGurk, and the Obama Administration for their tireless efforts to secure my freedom.
I am overjoyed to be reconnecting with my family. I am feeling well and plan to relax and enjoy home-cooked meals, sports, and movies with them over the next few days and weeks.
At some point, I will be ready to discuss my ordeal, but for now, I just want to express my profound appreciation for the tremendous support I have received. I am humbled by all I have learned about the efforts undertaken on my behalf. Today, I am incredibly thankful for my family, my fellow journalists, my colleagues at The Washington Post, and everyone else who fought for my freedom.
His brother Ali stated:
"The past few days with Jason and our family at Landstuhl have been a dream come true. To have Jason back and displaying his characteristic warmth, humor, and inquisitiveness is remarkable and a testament to his spirit and inner strength. I look forward to Jason reconnecting with my son and to the three of us watching a Warriors game together."
His mother Mary stated:
"Having Jason and our family back together is an incredible feeling after all that has taken place over the past eighteen months. I am so proud of how Jason handled his imprisonment, despite terrible adversity, and I am immensely relieved to see the return of the warmth that made him so loved by his friends and family. There are no words to express the joy I feel seeing him together with his wife Yegi and his brother Ali, and I am truly grateful for all those who helped us get to this day."
His wife Yegi stated:
"I am overjoyed that Jason and I have been reunited and that we are now together beginning an exciting new chapter in our lives. After all Jason has been through, the past few days have reinforced why he is so special and why I am so proud to be his wife. I am thrilled to be going to the United States and thankful beyond words for the overwhelming support Jason and our family have received from so many people."
SOURCE Ali Rezaian