Tesla and SpaceX chief Elon Musk meets Erdogan in Turkey

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(Pool Photo via AP). Turkey's President Recep Tayyip Erdogan delivers a speech during an urban development event in Ankara, Turkey, Wednesday, Nov. 8, 2017. (Pool Photo via AP). Turkey's President Recep Tayyip Erdogan delivers a speech during an urban development event in Ankara, Turkey, Wednesday, Nov. 8, 2017.

ANKARA, Turkey (AP) - Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan met with Tesla and SpaceX CEO Elon Musk on Wednesday to discuss cooperation between his companies and Turkish firms, including the launch of Turkish satellites, a senior official said.

Presidential spokesman Ibrahim Kalin told state-run Anadolu Agency that the two also talked about electric cars and sustainable energy.

The meeting took place at the presidential palace complex in Ankara.

It came days after a consortium of five Turkish businesses, including mobile phone operator Turkcell, launched a joint venture to design and produce a Turkish-made car. The joint venture was launched under Erdogan's urging.

Kalin said Musk would be present during a ceremony for the signing of a satellite agreement with Airbus on Thursday, adding that his SpaceX company was a subcontractor in the deal.

Turkey hopes to launch satellites Turksat 5A and Turksat 5B in 2020 and 2021.

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