Confusion with Turkey: Turkey no longer wants to be called ‘Turkey’.

Confusion with Turkey: Turkey no longer wants to be called 'Turkey'.

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Turkey no longer wants to be called “Turkey”.

Turkey is referred to as “Turkey” in international diplomacy. But because a North American bird also bears the name, President Erdogan is pushing for a change. From now on the name of the country “Turkey” should be applicable.

Turkey no longer wants to be called “Turkish” in English – but “Turkish” in international diplomacy. The English translation of the country’s name has long been at odds – partly because the English “turkey” can also mean “turkey”.

Now the government of President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has officially called on the United Nations and other international organizations to use the name “Turkey” in the future, as reported by state news agency Anadolu. Accordingly, Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu submitted a letter to this effect.

Turkey already decided late last year to use the “Made in Turkey” designation for export products. Erdogan argued that the term best expresses the culture, civilization and values ​​of the Turkish nation. State broadcaster TRT wrote: “Type ‘Turkey’ into Google and you will be presented with a complex array of images, articles and dictionary definitions linking the country to a large bird (…) of North America.”

The airline Turkish Airlines had already advertised the new name in a video with the slogan “Hello Turkiye”. According to Anadolu, a state advertising campaign on the Internet is now in place to make the brand internationally known.

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