The country says it wants to be called ‘Türkiye’ by foreign nations and organizations
Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu posted a photo of him signing a letter asking UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres to officially use the name “Türkiye,” as the country is called in Turkish.
The initiative led by President Recep Tayyip Erdogan aims to: “upgrading the brand value of our country”, said Cavusoglu.
UN spokesman Stephane Dujarric confirmed to Anadolu Agency that the letter had been registered with the organization. He added that the name change took effect immediately.
Ankara launched a campaign in December 2021 to promote the name abroad with the slogan “Not ‘Turkey’, it’s ‘Türkiye'” according to Hurriyet Daily News.
Last year, Erdogan’s office issued a statement called “Türkiye represents and expresses the culture, civilization and values of the Turkish nation in the best way.”
Turkish public broadcaster TRT World complained that the Cambridge Dictionary defines the word ‘turkey’ as: “something that fails badly”, or “a stupid or foolish person,” among other things.
In 2018, the Kingdom of Swaziland, a small country in southern Africa, changed its name to Eswatini. King Mswati III explained the move by saying African nations are returning “to their old names before they were colonized.”
In 2019, the country provisionally known in the UN as the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia (FYROM) officially became North Macedonia. The decision put an end to the decades-long name dispute with neighboring Greece.
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