The letter was sent by Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu to UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres.
UN spokesman Stephane Dujarric told Anadolu Agency that in the letter, Turkey requested the name Turkiye to be used in the international arena.
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Dujarric said the name change to Turkiye at the United Nations came into effect from the moment the letter was received, as reported by Anadolu AgencyWednesday (1/6/2022).
Cavusoglu announced the formal submission of the letter to the United Nations and other international organizations on Tuesday (31/6/2022).
“Together with the Directorate of Communications, we have managed to prepare a good foundation for this,” Cavusoglu said at headquarters Anadolu Agency in Ankara.
“We have allowed the United Nations and other international organizations, countries to see this change using Turkiye,” Cavusoglu continued.
Reported Kompas.com Previously, efforts to change the name to Turkiye began in December 2021.
At that time, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan released a memorandum asking the public to use Turkiye to refer to the country in every language.
“Türkiye is the best representation and expression of the culture, civilization and values of the Turkish people,” Erdogan wrote.
Erdogan, in the same memorandum, suggested companies use the label “Made in Turkiye” (made in Turkiye) instead of “Made in Turkey” for their export goods.
State agencies were also instructed to use Turkiye in their correspondence, especially with international organizations, not Turkey, Turkei, and Turquie.
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