Turkish leader invited American billionaire to visit his country during his meeting in New York
President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has asked Tesla CEO Elon Musk to choose Turkey as the site for his electric vehicle company’s next factory, according to Turkey’s state-run Anadolu news agency.
At Sunday’s meeting, Erdogan described Ankara’s situation “technological advances as well as the “Digital Türkiye” vision and the national artificial intelligence strategy”, » said the country’s communications directorate in a statement cited by Anadolu.
In addition to urging Musk to establish Tesla’s seventh factory in Turkey, Erdogan also outlined other “Opportunities for collaboration with SpaceX may arise through the measures taken and to be taken within the framework of the Turkish space program.”
The American entrepreneur has not yet commented on the results of the negotiations. He was seen on Sunday entering the Turkish House skyscraper, opposite the UN headquarters, carrying his young son on Sunday.
Tesla currently has six “gigafactories” in the United States, Germany and China and is building a seventh in Mexico. The automaker could choose a location for its next major production plant by the end of 2023, Musk said earlier this year.
Last month, the company “expressed interest” in building a factory in India to produce a low-cost electric vehicle model, after Musk pledged to invest heavily in India following a meeting with Prime Minister Narendra Modi in the United States in June.
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