He is Kurdish.
He was born in 1933, so he’s old.
He was the founder of PUK, the Patriotic Union of Kurdistan, and major member of the Interim puppet government set up by the US after toppling Sadman. I’m guessing he’s a major player because he has the political capital to bring in the Kurdish segment of the Iraqi population. This is super important for any national unity. Without the Kurds, there is some serious civil war.
How many languages does he speak? Let’s try a lot:
Try that on for size. How many languages do you speak?