Earlier this week, many activists had backed out of a meeting with Erdogan out of anger over the tear gas against demonstrators by police this week.
After two weeks of raucous anti-government street protests, calm settled over Istanbul for a second day Friday as the city prepared for pro-government counter demonstrations.
Erdogan's party has organized counter protests for the weekend to give a voice to Turkey's "quiet majority to the people and the world," he said. They will show the international community "a real, true picture of Turkey."
Two rallies will be held away from anti-government protests to avoid possible confrontations, he said.
Police in Ankara launched tear gas at rowdy demonstrators who tried to set up barricades to cut off traffic. Police released 46 demonstrators detained in the protests, CNN sister network CNN Turk reported.