November 17, 2017 / 6:02 AM / a year ago

Germany to spend 10 million euros to help clear mines in Syria: media

FILE PHOTO: A fighter of Syrian Democratic Forces stands amidst the ruins of buildings near the Clock Square in Raqqa, Syria October 18, 2017. REUTERS/Erik De Castro/File photo

BERLIN (Reuters) - Germany will spend an initial 10 million euros to help remove mines from the northern Syrian city of Raqqa, the Handelsblatt newspaper said in Friday editions.

The foreign ministry is set to announce the increased funding as part of a pact with the United States on Friday, the paper added.

The agreement calls for Germany to help fund Tetra Tech , a U.S. government contractor working to clear mines from Raqqa, where U.S.-backed militias last month declared victory over the Islamic State extremist group.

The U.S. military continues to press Germany for additional aid in Syria, but Germany is waiting for measures on how to stabilize Syria, the newspaper said.

Norbert Roettgen, a member of Chancellor Angela Merkel’s conservatives, told the paper that financial aid for rebuilding must be “combined with a reliable solution and political stability for Syria”.

The paper said the German contribution to the effort to de-mine Raqqa could be stepped up if the situation stabilized.

Reporting by Andrea Shalal; Editing by Clarence Fernandez

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