The UN has confirmed Turkey’s name change: from now on, the country will be called Türkiye in all languages.
At the request of the government in Ankara, the English term Turkey will no longer be used, said UN spokesman Stéphane Dujarric on Thursday. Turkey submitted a corresponding application to the United Nations on Wednesday.
With the official renaming on the international stage, Turkey wants to increase the value of the “Made in Türkiye” brand – and at the same time get rid of the name Turkey, since the word has several meanings in English: In addition to the country name for Turkey, it can also mean turkey be. In addition, it is colloquially used in the sense of flop or idiot.
Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu tweeted a photo on Tuesday showing him signing a letter addressed to UN Secretary-General António Guterres.
The change is part of President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s initiative to “increase the brand equity of our country,” Cavusoglu said. The country has long been using “Made in Türkiye” instead of “Made in Turkey” to label its products.