During a meeting in New York, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan urged Tesla CEO Elon Musk to build a factory in Turkey, according to a statement released by Erdogan’s office on Monday.
Erdogan, who is visiting America to take part in the U.N. According to the Turkish president’s office, the General Assembly also examined the possibility of working together between SpaceX, Elon Musk’s space exploration company, and Turkey’s space program.
Erdogan reportedly informed Musk that Turkey would be open to working with the United States on artificial intelligence projects and Starlink, SpaceX’s satellite broadband service.
Musk stated that SpaceX hoped to obtain the required permit in order to provide Starlink in Turkey.
Images from the meeting showed Musk talking to Erdogan while holding one of his boys. Mehmet Fatih Kacir, the minister of industry and technology for Turkey, who was present at the conference, claimed that Musk referred to Turkey as “among the most important candidates for Tesla investment.”
Musk and Erdogan also spoke about Turkey’s program for armed aerial drones, the source continued.