"The problems of the Islamic world and the Muslims in the contemporary era lays further emphasis on the necessity of unity and solidarity among Muslims," Rafsanjani said in a meeting with former Turkish Prime Minister Necmettin Erbakan here in Tehran on Monday.
Rafsanjani also noted relations between Iran and Turkey, and said the two countries' ties are under the influence of the two nations' historical ties, common cultural and religious values and good neighborly relations.
He appreciated Erbakan's active role in the Muslim world, specially his initiative for the formation of the D8 group, and added, "Islamic countries can have a principal role in international and regional developments.
Erbakan, for his part, referred to Israeli threats against the Islamic world, particularly the Lebanese and Palestinian people, and called for cooperation and unity of all Muslim nations to confront the Zionist regime of Israel.
The former Turkish premier also urged Muslim cooperation and strong action vis-à-vis global developments, and viewed Rafsanjani's role in the formation of the Eight Developing Muslim nations (D8) as unique.