'I Will Be More Strong For Australia. I Love This Country. I Will Die In Australia!'
If these incredible words about Hakeem's adopted country don't give you goose bumps, nothing will.
When Hakeem al-Araibi emerged through the doors of Tullamarine Airport on Tuesday afternoon, there were loud cheers and emotional scenes.
The 25-year-old was mobbed, before he soon found his great mate and the leader of the campaign to free him, Craig Foster.
Foster said a few words, then al-Araibi wasted no time expressing his overwhelming love for Australia -- the country which took him in as a refugee after his persecution in his native Bahrain, and whose politicians and ordinary citizens campaigned tirelessly to return him here after he was detained in Thailand while on his honeymoon.
Here's what he said in full:
"I would like to say thanks to Australia. It's amazing to see all of the people here and all of the Australian people and all of the media who supported me.
"And I just wanted to thank the Australian Government, Australian people. I want to thank this man [Foster] and his fight so much for my case and I would like to thank him very much.
"I thank the media and all of the human rights and thank you. And I will be more strong for this country. I will be strong here, just for Australia. And Australia, this is my country.
"Australia, I didn't... I don't have citizenship yet, but my country is Australia. I will die in Australia and I love Australia.
"Thank you very much."
No, thank you, Hakeem.