KABUL (Reuters/AFP) - Afghan President Hamid Karzai said on Wednesday he would intensify peace talks with the Taliban and other insurgent groups after the Aug 20 presidential election if he wins. Karzai has spoken in the past of seeking peace with the Taliban, especially after the vote, which the militants have vowed to disrupt violently. Wednesdays comments were among the clearest the president has given suggesting an intensified effort at talks later this year. He reiterated that such peace efforts, for which he has been trying enlist the support of Saudi King Abdullah as a negotiator, would be his priority should he win a second term. If I win, then my first priority will be solidifying and speeding up the peace process with the Taliban and Hezb-i-Islami and all those groups who are not part of Al-Qaeda or terrorist networks or other cells that cause damage to Afghanistan or international partners, Karzai told a news conference. Karzai spoke alongside Anders Fogh Rasmussen, the newly appointed head of Nato, in Afghanistan on his first visit abroad since taking up the post. Rasmussen said he approved of negotiations, but they must be led by the Afghan government and must be carried out from a position of strength, which means no let-up in military force by Nato and Afghan troops. There is no alternative whatsoever to continue and strengthen military efforts, Rasmussen, a former Danish prime minister, said. However, We have to realise that there is no military solution solely to the situation in Afghanistan, he said. The new Nato chief vowed to strengthen military efforts to counter an insurgency in Afghanistan but conceded peace talks with certain groups were an option to end mounting violence. Rasmussen, making his first visit to Afghanistan as head of the 28-nation alliance, told journalists that he was ready for pragmatic steps to improve security. If this took talks with a number of groups within the Afghan society, Im ready to do that, he said amid new international focus on negotiations as insurgent attacks reach record levels. I think it is a prerequisite that the Afghan government can conduct the talks and negotiations from a position of strength. There is no alternative whatsoever to continued and strengthened military efforts, he added. Another condition should be that groups that join any talks put down their weapons and abide by the laws in this country. Rasmussen said Natos International Security Assistance Force (Isaf) deployed to Afghanistan would do its best to help protect the polls against attacks.