The chairman of the parliamentary Foreign Affairs Committee, Luciano Busuttil, this morning praised a Washington Post article that pointed out how the Arab world’s wealthiest nations are doing next to nothing for Syria’s refugees.

"It is true that EU countries have to share our burden proportionally on the fundamental concept of solidarity among member states. But this article hits the right spot," the Labour MP said on Facebook. 

The article points out that some European countries have been criticized for offering sanctuary to only to a small number of refugees, or for discriminating between Muslims and Christians. There's also been a good deal of continental hand-wringing over the general dysfunction of Europe's systems for migration and asylum. 

Less ire, though, has been directed at another set of stakeholders who almost certainly should be doing more: Saudi Arabia and the wealthy Arab states along the Persian Gulf.

As Amnesty International recently pointed out, the "six Gulf countries -- Qatar, United Arab Emirates, Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Oman and Bahrain -- have offered zero resettlement places to Syrian refugees.

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