By Elisabeth Blunt
BBC reporter, London
The interim leader of Afghanistan, Hamid Karzai, has made a worldwide call for Afghan exiles to return home and help in their country's reconstruction.
Mr Karzai was responding live to some of the thousands of telephone calls and e-mails which came in from all over the world to the BBC's Talking Point programme.
He spoke passionately about the underlying patriotism and independence of all Afghans, whatever their ethnic origins.
The struggle against terrorism will go on, even if the rest of the world walks away
He said those who had left during the years of conflict would be welcome back, whether they were from refugee camps in Pakistan and Iran, or professionals who had sought sanctuary in the West.
In particular, women - who had been barred from work by the former Taleban regime - should not be afraid to return, and there would be jobs for them and education for girls, he said.
Afghan exiles phoned and e-mailed from all over the world, eager to talk to the country's interim leader.
Mr Karzai reassured female callers that women would have a full role in the new Afghanistan - as ministers, public servants and as members of the national council, the loya jirga, and promised equal education for boys and girls.
Other callers wanted to know whether their skills could be used - and if it was safe to go back, especially in the light of incidents like the outbreak of factional fighting in the town of Gardez. Mr Karzai said he was committed to providing security.
If the people of Afghanistan at the loya jirga choose me again to lead Afghanistan in the 18 months that come after the loya jirga, I will be honoured, I will accept it with tremendous honour and happiness
"Yesterday in Gardez we had one of the warlords send rockets to the centre of the city and kill and wound children and women. That has to stop. Today I am very, very angry about that. I want it to end; I want it to stop. I am not going to accept that any more."
But he said the problems were just in one or two places - in most parts of Afghanistan things were fine.
He said he was not personally worried by the unwillingness of foreign allies to deploy peacekeepers outside the capital, although he had passed on the request of the Afghan people for a wider deployment.
Some callers wanted to know how the operations against the Taleban and the remnants of the al-Qaeda network were going, in the light of a rumoured spring offensive.
"There will be no let down in our operation against terrorism and al-Qaeda - it will go with the strength it began on the first day. So until we have made sure that they are no longer threatening anybody, the struggle against them will continue. The struggle against terrorism will go on, even if the rest of the world walks away."
Hamid Karzai holds only a temporary position, until the loya jirga, scheduled for June, can choose a more permanent leader.
The host of the programme, Lyse Doucet, asked Mr Karzai if he was hoping they would choose him.
"I'm not going to campaign, really, in a way other people might do. Or put in any extraordinary effort in that.
"But if the people of Afghanistan at the loya jirga choose me again to lead Afghanistan in the 18 months that come after the loya jirga, I will be honoured, I will accept it with tremendous honour and happiness.
"And if they don't, if they choose somebody else, I will be very happy and respect that decision, and just relax and watch, and let this country go forward."