PARIS — France's president says Syria and Lebanon will open embassies in each other's countries.

The nations have not had full-fledged embassies in each other's countries since Lebanon became independent in 1943 and Syria in 1945.

Syrian President Bashar Assad said last month that establishing diplomatic ties with Lebanon would be possible if a national unity Cabinet was formed in Beirut.

Such a government, including members of Syria's ally Hezbollah, was formed Friday after weeks of haggling.

French President Nicolas Sarkozy is hosting a summit among leaders of 43 nations from Europe and the Mediterranean rim.