German FM Steinmeier has called on Gulf states, such as Saudi Arabia, to provide 'humanitarian services for refugees.' Steinmeier's statement comes during a Mideast tour aimed at fostering a solution for the Syrian war.
"Of course we expect the region here in the Arabian Gulf to participate in humanitarian services for refugees," Steinmeier said during a press conference in Saudi Arabia.
The German foreign minister described the necessity for Gulf states, such as Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates and Bahrain, to offer aid to refugees as an "obligation."
According to UN figures, Saudi Arabia hosts 561 refugees and 100 asylum seekers as of December 2014. However, Riyadh provided the UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR) more than $92 million (81.3 million euros) last year.
Steinmeier also noted that he brought up the case of Raif Badawi, a liberal Saudi blogger who was imprisoned and subjected to lashes for content deemed sacrilegious, with Saudi Arabia's King Salman bin Abdulaziz.