Long-serving Saudi oil minister Ahmed Zaki Yamani dies at 90

The Hindu | Feb 23, 2021 at 8:28 AM
  • Ahmed Zaki Yamani, a long-serving oil minister in Saudi Arabia who led the kingdom through the 1973 oil crisis, the nationalisation of its state energy company and later found himself kidnapped by the assassin Carlos the Jackal, died on Tuesday in London.
  • From his position, he became known not for the hysterics that accompanied years of turmoil across the wider Middle East, but an ever-calm negotiating style that Saudi ministers after him sought to mimic.
  • When Nixon continued his support, the decision gave birth to what would become known as the “oil weapon” — a total embargo on the US and other countries.