MANAMA, Bahrain — Sheik Ahmed Zaki Yamani, ousted as Saudi Arabia's oil minister after a quarter-century in that post, said Saturday that "everything is just fine" and he was reflecting on his future.
"I am chatting with my guests and having a good and happy time," Yamani, who was fired Thursday, said during a telephone interview with the Associated Press from his home in the Saudi capital of Riyadh. "Everything is just fine."
Yamani, 56, a Harvard-educated attorney, was last seen by the Saudi public in television reports of Monday's weekly Cabinet session, which was chaired by King Fahd.
Asked about his future plans Saturday, Yamani said, "I am reflecting at the moment. Give me about a week and, God willing, then I will tell you my plans."