Unal, sounding emotional, said he was happy to be released but was still "in shock."
"I didn't know I was going to be released until I saw the (Turkish) delegation in front of me. I cried when I saw them," he said. "I missed my wife, my daughter and my family."
In the United States, the Broadcasting Board of Governors welcomed news of Unal's release but expressed concern over the lack of news on Fahmi. The Broadcasting Board of Governors is funded by the U.S. Congress and runs several broadcast networks for foreign news, including the Voice of America and Radio and TV Marti, which broadcasts to Cuba.
"We are relieved that Cuneyt will be reunited safely with his family," said Michael Meehan, the chairman of the Middle East Broadcasting Networks and a member of the broadcast board. "The lack of information on Bashar Fahmi is profoundly troubling."
Akgol told reporters in Damascus that the Syrian authorities were investigating what had happened to Fahmi and would hand him over to Turkey if he is found.
"We also want to take (Fahmi) to Turkey. But we don't know if he is alive or not," the private Dogan news agency quoted Akgol telling reporters. "The Syrian authorities are investigating."