Written by Chandni Shah
(Reuters) – Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan requested Tesla CEO Elon Musk to construct a Tesla manufacturing facility in Turkey, Anadolu Company posted on the X social media platform on Sunday.
Turkey’s state-owned information company stated Erdogan requested Musk throughout a gathering on the Turkish Home, a skyscraper close to the United Nations in New York.
Musk can also be scheduled to fulfill with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in California on Monday. Musk posted on X that their talks will concentrate on AI know-how.
Erdogan is in the US to attend the 78th session of the United Nations Basic Meeting. Tesla and the Turkish Embassy in Washington didn’t instantly reply to requests for remark.
Tesla in August expressed curiosity in constructing a manufacturing facility in India to provide a low-cost electrical car (EV). Tesla presently has six factories and is constructing a seventh in Mexico within the northern state of Nuevo Leon, as a part of the electrical carmaker’s push to increase its international footprint.
Musk stated in Could that the automaker would possible select a location for a brand new manufacturing facility by the tip of this yr.
Tesla shares have risen 123% to date this yr, and the automaker stated on Saturday that it had produced its 5 millionth automotive.
Along with working Tesla, Musk additionally purchased X, previously referred to as Twitter, for $44 billion in 2022.
Whereas Musk describes himself as a champion of absolute freedom of expression, he has complied with some Turkish authorities calls for to censor content material within the nation. In different instances, the social media firm objected to Turkish courtroom orders.
(Reporting by Chandni Shah in Bengaluru; Extra reporting by Michael Derby in New York; Modifying by Lisa Shoemaker)