Turkey: Turkey’s Foreign Minister Mevlut Kavusoglu sent a letter to the United Nations formally requesting that his country be referred to as “Turkiye”. The request has been accepted by the United Nations. The government-run news agency gave this information on Thursday. The move is seen as part of Ankara’s effort to change the image of the country and to separate its name from bird, turkey and some of the negative connotations associated with it.
The Anadolu Agency said that Stéphane Dujarric, spokesman for UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres, confirmed receiving the letter late Wednesday. The agency quoted Dujarric as saying that the name change had taken effect “from the moment” the letter was received.
Erdogan government constantly pressuring to change the name
The government of President Recep Tayyip Erdogan is pushing for the internationally recognized name Turkish to be changed to “Turkiye” (Tur-ki-yey) as it is spelled and pronounced in Turkish. After the declaration of independence in 1923, the country called itself “Turkey”.
In December, Erdoan ordered the use of “Turkey” to better represent Turkish culture and values, including a demand to use “Made in Turkey” instead of “Made in Turkey” on export products. Turkish ministries began to use “Turkey” in official documents.
Government had released a promotional video
Earlier this year, the government also released a promotional video as part of its efforts to change the name to English. The video shows tourists from around the world saying “Hello Türkiye” at famous sites.
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