Turkish, Malaysian leaders visit UAV manufacturer

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Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan and Malaysian Prime Minister MahathirMuhammed toured the facilities of Turkish unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) manufacturer Baykar in Istanbul on July 27.

Erdoğan earlier met with Mahathir in Istanbul over breakfast at the Vahdettin Pavilion in Üsküdar district, accompanied by First Ladies of the two countries, Emine Erdoğan and Siti Hasmah Mohamad Ali.

After their breakfast the two leaders visited Baykar’s facilities in Istanbul’s Hadimkoy district.

Erdoğan and Mahathir were accompanied by Turkey’s Industry and Technology Minister Mustafa Varank during their visit to Baykar, which was closed to press.

Before he left Turkey, Mahathir received Malaysian press members at Istanbul’s Sabiha Gökcen Airport.

Mahathir arrived in Turkey on July 24 at the invitation of Erdoğan.

On July 25, Mahathir paid a visit to Turkish engine maker TUSAŞ.

The Malaysian prime minister got information about Turkish defense industry and toured the facilities of TUSAŞ, also known as Turkish Aerospace Industries (TAI).

Mahathir also watched an airshow of unmanned air vehicles (Anka), helicopters (Atak) and planes (Hürkuş) at TUSAŞ on the last leg of the visit.

In a joint news conference on July 25, Erdoğan said that they discussed cooperation between Turkey and Malaysia as two D-8 members and strategic partners.

The Turkish president also presented Mahathir the Order of the State of the Republic of Turkey, the highest state order awarded to foreign nationals.

Hurriyet Daily News

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