"I received a call from Boris Johnson two days ago who suggested that the four of us… meet in London. I told him that Istanbul or the border cities of Sanliurfa and Gaziantep were better options", Erdogan was quoted by the Haberturk television channel as saying to a press pool aboard his plane.
The Turkish president said that the next opportunity to meet would be on the sidelines of the NATO summit in London from 3-4 December. The gathering will mark 70 years since the North Atlantic Organisation was created.
French President Emmanuel Macron last week called lack of NATO unity in criticising Turkey's Syria offensive a serious mistake. He said he together with UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson and German Chancellor Angela Merkel would meet with Erdogan in London in the coming weeks.