Erdogan asks Musk to build Tesla factory in Turkiye
ISTANBUL: Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan asked Tesla CEO Elon Musk to build Tesla factory in Turkiye, country’s communications directorate said.
It cited Musk as saying that many Turkish suppliers are already working with Tesla and that Turkiye was among most important candidates for its next factory. Tesla did not immediately respond to requests for comment. Erdogan and Musk were speaking during meeting at Turkish House, skyscraper near United Nations in New York, Turkey’s state-owned Anadolu news agency reported.
Erdogan is in US to attend 78th session of UN General Assembly. Erdogan said that Turkiye was open to cooperation on artificial intelligence and Starlink, satellite internet venture of Musk’s SpaceX, communications directorate said.
It cited Musk as saying SpaceX wished to work with Turkish authorities to obtain necessary licence to offer Starlink satellite services in Turkiye. It said Erdogan invited Musk to attend Turkish aerospace and technology festival Teknofest in Izmir at end of September and cited Musk as saying he would gladly attend.
Published in The Daily National Courier, September, 19 2023