Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu posted a photo of himself signing a letter asking UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres to officially use the name ‘Türkiye’, which is what the country is called in Turkish.
The initiative spearheaded by President Recep Tayyip Erdogan is meant to “upgrade the brand value of our country,” Cavusoglu said.
UN spokesperson Stephane Dujarric confirmed to Anadolu Agency that the letter was registered with the organization. He added that the name change became effective immediately.
Ankara launched a campaign to promote the name abroad in December 2021, with the slogan “Not ‘Turkey,’ it is ‘Türkiye,’” according to Hurriyet Daily News.