updated 8/13/2008 7:05:02 PM ET 2008-08-13T23:05:02

The presidents of Lebanon and Syria have agreed to establish full diplomatic relations, a Syrian official said.

Buthaina Shaaban, an adviser to Syrian President Bashar Assad, said the decision was made Wednesday during meetings in Damascus.

Lebanese President Michel Suleiman was on a two-day visit to Syria — the first by a Lebanese head of state in more than three years.

Syria and Lebanon haven't had full diplomatic ties since they both gained independence from France in the 1940s.

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