The United Nations agreed to change Turkey’s official name in the organization to Türkiye, the way it is spelled and pronounced in Turkish, following a request from Ankara.

Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu said this week that he had sent a letter to the UN requesting the official rebranding.

Stéphane Dujarric, a spokesman for UN Secretary-General António Guterres, told Turkey’s state-run Anadolu Agency that the country’s name change became effective on Wednesday.

The official name of the country has been Türkiye since its declaration of independence in 1923.

The Turkish government has been pushing for this change for some time. In early December, President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan issued Press release indicating that the name Türkiye should be used in all correspondence with international institutions and organizations. “The term Türkiye best represents the culture, civilization and values ​​of the Turkish nation,” he said in the statement. He also called for the slogan “Made in Türkiye” to be used on export products.

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