UN Confirms Turkey’s Official Name Change to Türkiye

People holding Turkish flags during a rally marking the third anniversary of the defeat of a failed coup attempt, in Istanbul, July 15, 2019. Photo: EPA-EFE/ERDEM SAHIN

Speaking to Turkey's Anadolu Agency, UN Spokesman Stephane Dujarric said that they received the official letter from Turkish authorities seeking to change the country's name and the change became effective from the moment the letter was received.

"Türkiye" will now be used in all foreign languages and the country's full official name will be "Republic of Türkiye".

The government has been pursuing a strategy to change the country's name since January, aiming to improve the brand image of the country.

State media have been using "Türkiye" for months and a state ad campaign promoting the use of "Türkiye" to foreigners has been running on Turkish Airlines flights and other promotional tourism videos.

"The process we started under the leadership of our President Recep Tayyip Erdogan in order to increase our country's brand value is to be finalised," Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu wrote on Twitter on May 31.

Ülkemizin marka değerini yükseltmek için Sayın Cumhurbaşkanımız @RTErdogan liderliğinde başlattığımız süreç nihayete eriyor.

BM Genel Sekreteri'ne bugün gönderdiğim mektupla ülkemizin BM nezdinde yabancı dillerdeki adını da "Türkiye" olarak tescil ediyoruz.

Hayırlı olsun! 🇹🇷 pic.twitter.com/Zd9UIv2eVy

— Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu (@MevlutCavusoglu) May 31, 2022

The name Turkey has been used by foreigners for centuries to define the core area of the Ottoman Empire and later its successor state, the Republic of Turkey.

The earliest use of the word dates back to the 14th century, when the Latin term "Turchia...

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