The US government and its diplomats will refer to Turkey’s new name as the ‘Republic of Turkey’ in future statements. The decision comes months after the Turkish government requested a name change.
The US State Department confirmed on Thursday, January 5 that the US has officially adopted the modified new spelling of the name of its NATO ally Turkey. It should be noted that Turkey recently changed its name to Turkey instead of Turkey.
This step has been taken after the government of Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan asked all the countries and international organizations of the world to adopt the name change. In North American countries, Turkey is the name of a bird which is also a popular food. The name change is an attempt to avoid this similarity.
This announcement of the United States on Thursday came at a time when Turkish Foreign Minister Cavusoglu is going to visit Washington later this month.
Why did America change?
The change in the spelling of Turkey’s name was first revealed in a statement the US State Department posted about a joint US-Turkey operation against suspected financiers of the Islamic State group. was
US officials later formally confirmed the name’s spelling change in a statement, but said the colloquial pronunciation would remain the same. “The Turkish embassy requested that we use this new spelling in our communications,” State Department spokesman Ned Price told reporters.
“The department will now use the same spelling that you have seen today in most diplomatic and bilateral statements, including our public communications,” he said, adding that Turkey’s foreign minister is scheduled to visit Washington later this month. And he is expected to discuss Russia’s invasion of Ukraine as well as Finland and Sweden’s bid for NATO membership.
Although the United States has announced the name change, the preliminary process of the change has not yet been completed. Both the State Department’s website and the Foreign Affairs Manual have yet to see this change.
Why did Turkey request a name change?
In 2021, Turkish President Erdoğan asked countries and international organizations using the Latin script to permanently use Turkish instead of Turkish. Along with the United Nations and NATO, countries such as Canada, India, Australia and New Zealand have already done so long ago.
When Turkey is searched on Google, a picture of a bird named Turkey comes up along with the red flag of the Republic of Turkey. Which is cooked and eaten with great ceremony on the occasion of ‘Thanksgiving Day’ in America. The dictionary also lists a meaning of turkey as ‘stupid and stupid person’.
In the decree of President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, the reason for changing Turkey to Turkey was that this word represents the culture, civilization and values of the Turkish nation. However, some observers call it an attempt to rebrand the country.
Turkey has been trying to change the branding of its products from “Made in Turkey” to “Made in Turkey” for the past several years. President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan issued a presidential decree last year, requiring all official correspondence and business branding to use the word Turkey instead of Turkey.
Although the majority of the people of Turkey already call their country Turkey, but still the name used in English is quite popular within the country as well. The Turkish Exporters Association started writing ‘Made in Turkey’ on the country’s products from January 2020.