January 27, 2012 | BBC NEWS
Ethiopian Prime Minister Meles Zenawi has said he will withdraw his troops from Somalia once African Union forces are there.
“We expect the Amisom [African Union] troops to be able to fill in the gaps before we withdraw,” he said in Addis Ababa.
Ethiopia sent troops into Somalia in October in pursuit of al-Shabab militants.
It had previously denied having troops in the country.
Ethiopian forces took the strategically important central town of Beledweyne from al-Shabab in December. On Tuesday Islamist militants launched a suicide truck bomb attack on an Ethiopian military base in the town.