On the first day of his visit to Asia, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon arrived in Bangkok, Thailand, in the morning of 26 October for a meeting with Prime Minister Abhisit Vejjajiva.
In a lengthy encounter, the two leaders discussed issues related to United Nations-Thailand cooperation, including Thailand’s contribution to United Nations peacekeeping operations, Myanmar, United Nations-Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) cooperation, and the ongoing national reconciliation and human rights issues. Following the meeting with Prime Minister Vejjajiva, the Secretary-General spoke to the press.
In the afternoon, the Secretary-General addressed the United Nations country team at a town hall meeting at the headquarters of the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP).
He left Bangkok later that afternoon, for Phnom Penh, the capital of Cambodia.