Turkey officially changes its name at UN to ‘Turkiye’
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Turkey officially changes its name at UN to ‘Turkiye’

Turkey officially changes its name at UN to ‘Turkiye’

President Erdogan has been pressing for the name to be changed to ‘Türkiye’ (tur-key-yay) as it is spelled and pronounced in Turkish

Zubina Ahmed
Turkey officially changes its name at UN to ‘Turkiye’

Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu formally requested the United Nations that his country be referred to as ‘Türkiye’,  the state-run news agency reported.

The move is seen as part of a push by Ankara to rebrand the country and dissociate its name from the bird, turkey and some negative connotations that are associated with it.

Anadolu Agency said Stephane Dujarric, spokesman to UN secretary general Antonio Guterres, confirmed receipt of the letter late on Wednesday, June 1.

The agency quoted Dujarric as saying that the name change had become effective “from the moment” the letter was received.

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