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Greste brothers reunite at airport

Peter Greste's brother Andrew Greste (centre) with parents Lois and Juris, celebrate the freeing of the jailed journalist.
Peter Greste's brother Andrew Greste (centre) with parents Lois and Juris, celebrate the freeing of the jailed journalist. Rae Wilson

COTTON and grain farmer Andrew Greste never imagined he would be involved in an international media crisis.

But now he hopes he can go back to a normal life after welcoming home his brother, award-winning Al Jazeera journalist Peter Greste this morning in Brisbane.

For the past 400 days the Wee Waa, New South Wales farmer has been campaigning to have Peter released from an Egyptian jail cell after he was arrested in December 2013 on questionable charges of false reporting and aiding the Muslim Brotherhood.

Andrew said he would be meeting Peter at the airport early this morning  as he flew in after his release earlier this week.

"It's hard to describe the feeling, knowing now we have finally succeeded, it's unbelievable," Andrew said.

But Peter's Al Jazeera colleagues Mohamed Fahmy and Baher Mohamed remain in custody in Cairo.

Andrew said the "job won't be complete until those guys are out".

"Peter's elation and emotion has certainly been checked that those guys are still in there, they deserve to be free," Andrew said.

Andrew said thanks to the power of social media he was able to continue campaigning for Peter's release a world away on his drought-stricken farm.

"The drought we're currently in has seen our cotton crops reduced to 20%," he said.

"The only upside to that is it took pressure off me and my workload to focus on keeping things moving.

"Given all of the adversity as a farmer we face, getting involved in something like this makes farming a dream."

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