Turkey’s official Anadolu news agency said Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu sent a letter to the United Nations formally requesting that his country be referred to as “Türkiye” instead of “Turkey” (as it is written and pronounced in Turkish), in a move that was seen as part of Ankara’s efforts to rename its The state and separate its name from some of the negative connotations associated with it.
Anadolu reported that Stephane Dujarric, a spokesman for United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres, confirmed the receipt of the letter late on Wednesday evening. The agency quoted Dujarric as saying that “the change of the country’s name from one format to another has entered into force from the moment the letter was received.”
The government of President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has strived to change the internationally recognized name to “Türkiye” as it is spelled and pronounced in Turkish. It called itself “Türkiye” in 1923 after declaring its independence.
In December, Erdogan ordered the use of the Turkish pronunciation of the word “Turkey” to better present Turkish culture and values, including a demand to use “Made in “Türkiye” (in Turkish characters) instead of “Made in Turkey” (in English) on exported products. Turkish ministries began using “Türkiye” (as it is written in Turkish) in official documents.
Earlier this year, the government also released a promotional video as part of its attempts to change its name in English, with tourists from all over the world saying “Welcome to Türkiye” (in local language) at popular destinations.
The Turkish Presidency’s Communications Department said it launched the campaign “to more effectively promote the use of ‘Türkiye’ as the country’s national and international name on international platforms.”
The official Turkish English-speaking station TRT World has also switched to using “Türkiye”.
TRT World justified the decision in an article earlier this year, saying that a Google search for “Turkey” as usual in English brings up “a confusing set of images, articles and dictionary definitions that confuse country and turkey”.
TRT World confirmed that Turks prefer to call their country “Türkiye”, “in line with the state’s goals in defining how it is defined by others.”
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