Germany has spent about $960 million to tackle the Syrian refugee crisis since the beginning of the civil war in the country in 2011. It has allocated more than $280 million to Lebanon and about $240 million to Jordan.
"Lebanon and Jordan have reached the limit of their capacity [to receive refugees]. We cannot leave them alone facing such a challenge," Steinmeier was quoted as saying on the ministry's website.
Steinmeier added that the world was facing a refugee catastrophe of unprecedented scale and that the European Union should help refugees fleeing violence and poverty in North Africa and the Middle East before they put their lives at risk trying to cross the Mediterranean, searching for a safe place in Europe.