Vice President Joe Biden told Turkey's top legislator Wednesday that he would rather controversial Turkish cleric Fethullah Gulen live somewhere other than the U.S., during a meeting of the two leaders in Ankara.

Turkey is asking Washington to extradite Gulen, who lives in Pennsylvania. Biden said he wished the cleric who Turkish officials believe was instrumental in the failed coup against President Recep Tayyip Erdogan had chosen to exile himself somewhere else.

An administration official told reporters traveling with Biden that the vice president has no vested interest in Gulen's presence in the U.S.

Turkey has filed four separate extradition requests for Gulen, which are being reviewed by officials from the Justice and State departments.

Gulen's alleged role in the coup attempt and his status as a U.S. resident has become a source of tension between Ankara and Washington.

Biden, who has no say in whether Gulen is extradited as the process is governed by treaty and will be decided by the Justice Department, said he would like to see Gulen gone.

"God willing, there will be enough evidence," Biden reportedly said in Ankara.