US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo will visit Italy, Montenegro, North Macedonia and Greece in the coming week, according to US State Department on Friday.

During the six-day trip that will be starting from October 1, Pompeo will meet with leaders and senior officials from the four countries, State Department statement said.

During the tour, he will also have an interaction with Pope Francis, the statement further added.

His visit comes as the country emerges from five years of military rule, with coup leader Prayuth Chan-Ocha retaining power after being voted prime minister by his ruling coalition following March’s disputed election.

Earlier this month, his new cabinet was confirmed after being approved by Thailand’s king.

The top US diplomat’s trip to North Macedonia comes as the former Yugoslav republic is in the process of acceding to the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) as a member state.

In February, the Permanent Representatives to NATO of 29 member states signed a protocol on North Macedonia’s accession in a meeting at the alliance’s headquarters in Brussels. Once the 29 member states ratify the accession protocol the country will officially become a full-fledged NATO member.

(With agency inputs)