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Hekmati shares a message of thanks following release

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Amir Hekmati (right) poses with Rep. Dan Kildee (left). Photo courtesy: Dan Kildee Amir Hekmati (right) poses with Rep. Dan Kildee (left). Photo courtesy: Dan Kildee
LANDSTUHL, Germany (AP) -

Former U.S. Marine Amir Hekmati says he feels humbled and lucky to be free again, after being one of four Americans released by Iran as part of a prisoner swap.

Hekmati told reporters Tuesday outside the U.S. military's Landstuhl Regional Medical Center in Germany that news of his impending release came as a surprise.

The 32-year-old says he and his fellow prisoners weren't able to relax until the Swiss government plane they were flown out in had left Iranian airspace, after which "champagne corks were popped."

Two days later Hekmati took to social media, sharing a message of thanks.

U.S. Rep. Dan Kildee also spoke on Tuesday, saying Amir Hekmati, who was just freed from Iran in a prisoner swap negotiated with Tehran, is in good shape and spirits, and looking forward to getting home soon.

The Michigan Democrat flew to Germany to meet up with Hekmati, a former U.S. Marine, who is undergoing treatment at the U.S. military's Landstuhl Regional Medical Center along with Washington Post reporter Jason Rezaian and pastor Saeed Abedini.

Kildee told The Associated Press on Tuesday he spent several hours with Hekmati on Monday.

He says "last night he was sitting with his two sisters, his brothers and myself and he had a steak dinner, so he had a good night."

The three Americans arrived in Germany late Sunday via Switzerland. A fourth stayed in Iran.

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