"Whoever wins in Sri Lanka should first address the Tamil issue," he said, wishing "all the best" to both President Mahinda Rajapaksa and the Opposition candidate Maithripala Sirisena.

He said a peaceful, free and fair election was necessary for democracy in Sri Lanka.

"The devolution of powers, re-starting dialogue with Tamil National Alliance leaders and settlement of all pending Tamil issues is necessary for lasting peace in Sri Lanka," Jolly said in a statement.

Sri Lanka's presidential election is scheduled to be held on Thursday.

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