Pranay Kotasthane was quoted in an article in Arab News on 8 January, 2019 in an article commenting on India’s signing of 11 memoranda of understanding (MoUs) worth a total of $9.5 million with Afghanistan. Pranay was quoted as saying:
India has carved a niche for itself as a donor that is committed to state-building and economic development. But economic support rests on a peaceful security environment, and with the US deciding to scale back its military presence (in Afghanistan), India needs to do a lot more on the political and security aspects. India should build up counterinsurgency capacity of the Afghan police and ANDSF and create a plan for transferring more military equipment. New Delhi also needs to throw its weight behind formations that have commonality with Indian interests.
The full article can be read on Arab News here.