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ISTANBUL, March 8 (Reuters) - Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu met central bank governor Erdem Basci and senior economy officials late on Saturday following his arrival back from New York to discuss the lira's weakness, sources at the premier's office said.

Davutoglu, Deputy Prime Minister Ali Babacan and finance minister Mehmet Simsek met fund managers and bankers in New York last week in an attempt to allay concerns about the central bank's independence, fuelled by President Tayyip Erdogan's criticism of the bank and its policies.

The Turkish lira hit a record low of 2. For more information on Download apk check out our page. 6470 to the dollar on Friday, following a week of losses, weighed on by demands from Erdogan that the bank should cut interest rates more sharply. At one point he said anyone who defended high rates was guilty of "treason".

"Developments in domestic and foreign markets over the past couple of weeks have been discussed in the light of the prime minister's assessments based on his impressions of meetings with foreign investors during his New York visit," one of the sources said on Sunday.

Davutoglu met on Saturday night with Basci, Vahdettin Ertas, the head of Turkey's capital markets board (SPK) and Cavit Dagdas, acting undersecretary at the Treasury at the prime minister's office along with Babacan. (Reporting by Humeyra Pamuk; Editing by Greg Mahlich)