German Chancellor Olaf Scholz will pay a two-day visit to the Western Balkans next week and come to Belgrade on June 10, Berlin has confirmed.

Deutsche Welle reported that Belgrade and Pristina would be first stops on Scholz’s tour of the Balkans on June 10.

Scholz’s spokesperson Wolfgang Buchner said the chancellor would also visit German KFOR troops deployed in southern Serbian province Kosovo and Metohija.

At the invitation of Greek PM Kyriakos Mitsotakis, Scholz will then travel to Thessaloniki for a dinner with representatives of South-East European Cooperation Process (SEECP) member states.

After that, he will go to North Macedonia and Bulgaria.

Quoting a statement released by the chancellor’s office, Deutsche Welle said the focus of Scholz’s trip to the Western Balkans would be the EU perspective of the region as well as Germany’s contribution to advancement of regional cooperation and to overcoming bilateral barriers.

The statement also said the main topic would be a further joint reaction to “Russia’s war of aggression on Ukraine”.