Singer Aznavour swaps stage for diplomatic career

French singer Charles Aznavour performs during the Quebec Summer Festival July 6, 2008. REUTERS/Mathieu Belanger

YEREVAN (Reuters) - French singer Charles Aznavour said Thursday he had agreed to become ambassador to Switzerland for his ancestral homeland Armenia.

Aznavour, aged 84, was born in France of Armenian parents and established an international singing career that still takes him around the globe.

“At first I hesitated, because I thought that this is no easy matter. But then I thought that in the end, what is important for Armenia must be important for all of us,” Aznavour said in comments broadcast on Armenian television.

“I accepted this proposal with pleasure, joy and a deep feeling of honour,” said Aznavour, who was granted Armenian citizenship in December, 2008.

Reporting by Hasmik Mkrtchyan; Writing by Conor Sweeney; Editing by Elizabeth Piper