By Sarah Begley
January 20, 2016

Washington Post journalist Jason Rezaian left Iran after nearly 18 months in custody on Sunday, and is already beginning to recover from his long detention by spending time at a U.S. military hospital in Germany.

In a new statement released by the Post, Rezaian thanked those who worked for his release and those who are caring for him now:

I want everyone to know that I’m feeling fine, and I feel lucky to be here at a place where I can get such terrific care. I appreciate everything that has been done on my behalf, and I want particularly to thank the Swiss Foreign Ministry, the Swiss Air Force and the fine doctors here at Landstuhl. I’m staying with my family at a very comfortable guest house on the base, which has been a great place to begin my recovery.

I’ve spent a lot of my life writing about the United States and Iran, and I never imagined – and never wanted – to become a part of the story, particularly at such an extraordinary moment. I want to get back to writing the U.S.-Iran story at some point in the future. But I won’t be saying anything further for awhile. I hope everyone will respect my need for privacy as I take some time for myself and for my family. For now, I want to catch up with what’s been going on in the world, watch a Warriors game or two, and see the Star Wars movie.

[Washington Post]

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