On 26 March, the President of Libya’s Presidential Council Mohammed Menfi and Vice-President Abdullah al-Lafi met the Turkish President Recep Tayeb Erdogan in Istanbul. The meeting was attended by the Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu. According to a statement by Menfi’s media office, Menfi emphasised his commitment to elections and national reconciliation, while Erdogan declared his support for the unity and sovereignty of Libya. According to other reports, the Libyan delegation informed Turkey of its intention to draw down Turkish forces in Libya, and to expel Syrian mercenaries from Libyan territory. Nevertheless, Tripoli intends to encourage economic co-operation with Istanbul.