PRESIDENT SERZH SARKISIAN WELCOMES ACCLAIMED FRENCH ARMENIAN SINGER CHARLES AZNAVOUR

ARMENPRESS
June 3, 2008

YEREVAN, JUNE 3, ARMENPRESS: President Serzh Sarkisian welcomed today
acclaimed French Armenian singer Charles Aznavour and his impresario
Levon Sayan.

The presidential press service told Armenpress that the famous singer
has arrived in Armenia together with his family members.

"Every time I come to Armenia I experience great joy, " Aznavour
said noting with satisfaction that his grandson's wife is a native
of Armenia.

Welcoming the singer the president expressed hope that it will offer
very pleasant moments to Armenians.

Serzh Sarkisian described Aznavour's services in presenting Armenia
to the world through his art and activity as invaluable.

"Every Armenian is proud of having such a compatriot. Through you
many people form their attitude towards Armenia," the president said.

The singer shared his impressions of the city saying he was surprised
to see the latest changes.

The presidential service said they had a very warm conversation
speaking about Armenian life. Aznavour highlighted efforts to develop
rural Armenia. The president said proportional development is a
government priority. He said the government is taking serious steps
in that direction, including an attempt to shift some government
agencies beyond the capital city.