June 7, 2022
One of NATO’s oldest member states, Turkey, has notified the alliance of its official name change to “Türkiye.”
Turkey’s Permanent Mission to NATO last week sent a letter to NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg to use the name Türkiye in place of foreign versions of the name.
Last week, in a letter to the U.N. secretary-general, Turkey had requested the use of “Türkiye,” and the change was recognized.
Turkey is a longstanding member of NATO, having joined in 1952. This February, Turkey marked its 70th anniversary of NATO membership.
The move is meant to cement Turkey’s brand name on the international stage and also more accurately reflect its heritage, according to officials.
Meanwhile, NATO will hold a military exercise in Turkey from June 20-28, the Turkish Defense Ministry announced Monday.
Ramstein Dust II-2022 (RADU II-22), a NATO deployment and readiness exercise, will be held at the third Main Jet Base Command in Konya.
The ministry added that the exercise is planned to be held in conjunction with the International Anatolian Eagle-2022 training exercise.