Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi has asked Sri Lanka's Tamil political leaders to be patient with the new government in Colombo.
"The government is new and should be given time to sort out matters," Modi has told the Tamil delegation.
Prime Minister Modi met with the senior leaders of the main Tamil party, Tamil National Alliance (TNA) in Colombo Friday.
According to Indian media reports, Modi has urged the TNA leaders to change its strategy in view of the change in government and its new outlook regarding the Tamil question.
Pointing to the "beginning of change" in the country following the victory of President Maithripala Sirisena in the January elections, Modi reportedly said the TNA should "help that change take place," and not derail the process.
Speaking to reporters after the meeting with the Prime Minister TNA member MA Sumanthiran said Modi encouraged them to have a different approach than they had before and benefit from the change.