An American journalist spoke publicly for the first time this morning following his release by militants after being held for nearly two years. Peter Theo Curtis, who was kidnapped by the Sunni extremist group al-Nusra, was reunited with his family near Boston on Tuesday afternoon.

Curtis said this morning he has just learned about the hundreds of "brave, determined and big-hearted people" all over the world who worked for his release.

'I'm overwhelmed by emotion. I'm overwhelmed that total strangers are coming up to me saying, 'we are glad you are back. Glad you are safe. Great to see you.' So i suddenly remember how good the American people are and what kindness they have in their
hearts. And to all those people I say a huge thank you from my heart. From the bottom of my heart. And now I am so grateful that you are expressing all this interest in me. At the same time, I have to bond with my mother and my family now," said Curtis.

He said right now he cannot answer questions or do interviews about his time as a hostage, but promised to do so in the future.

Watch his remarks above.