On Sunday, September 17, Recep Tayyip Erdogan held a meeting with businessman Elon Musk in New York, during which the Turkish President called on the Tesla CEO to build a seventh electric vehicle plant in Turkey.
During a meeting at the so-called “Turkish House”, where Turkey’s permanent delegation to the UN and the Turkish consulate in New York are located, Erdogan informed the founder of Tesla and SpaceX about the technological achievements of his countryits vision for advanced digitization of the economy, Turkey’s public sector and the national strategy for implementing artificial intelligence, according to a statement from Turkey’s Public Affairs Office.
The Turkish President also indicated that opportunities for cooperation with SpaceX may arise within the framework of the Turkish space program and invited Elon Musk to the Teknofest aerospace and technology industry festival, which will take place at the end of the month in Izmir.
Tesla currently has six factories (a seventh plant is also under construction in the northern Mexican state of Nuevo Leon). Musk said in May that Tesla would likely select a site for the new factory by the end of 2023.