Stephane Dujarric, the UN chief's spokesperson, announced on Thursday that Turkey now wishes to be called ‘Turkiye’ in all languages at the behest of its president. "The change is immediate," said Stephane Dujarric.
He said the request came on Wednesday at the UN’s New York headquarters. And a day before, Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavasoglu, in a tweet, had posted a picture of him with his signature addressed to the UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres.
"With the letter I sent to the UN Secretary-General today, we are registering our country's name in foreign languages at the UN as 'Turkiye,'" he wrote, including an umlaut over the "u".
It said, "Ülkemizin marka değerini yükseltmek için Sayın Cumhurbaşkanımız @RTErdogan liderliğinde başlattığımız süreç nihayete eriyor.
BM Genel Sekreteri'ne bugün gönderdiğim mektupla ülkemizin BM nezdinde yabancı dillerdeki adını da "Türkiye" olarak tescil ediyoruz."
This, he added, was to "increase the brand value of our country" and that it was an initiative started by Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan.