The northern Israeli kibbutz of Misgav Am shows the border wall with Lebanon. AFP
Negotiations between old foes Lebanon and Israel were launched in October to try to resolve the dispute, which has held up hydrocarbon exploration in the potentially gas-rich area, yet the talks have since stalled.
One Lebanese official who declined to be identified due to the sensitivity of the issue told Reuters that the US side had informed Lebanon that talks would resume on Monday.
An Israeli soldier is stationed near the northern Israeli Kibbutz of Malkia along the Lebanese border. AFP
The second Lebanese official said the resumption would coincide with a visit by US mediator John Desrocher, who is due in Lebanon on an unspecified day next week. US embassy officials were not immediately available for comment.
The longtime foes held several rounds of talks in October, a culmination of three years of diplomacy by the United States, hosted by the United Nations at a peacekeeper base in southern Lebanon.
But gaps between the two sides remained large after each presented contrasting maps outlining proposed borders that actually increased the size of the disputed area.
Since the talks stalled, Lebanon's caretaker prime minister and ministers of defence and public works approved a draft decree which would expand Lebanon's claim, adding around 1,400 square km to its exclusive economic zone.
Israeli soldiers are pictured stationed near the northern Israeli Kibbutz of Malkia along the Lebanese border. AFP
The draft decree has yet to be approved.
Israeli Energy Minister Yuval Steinitz's office said Israel was considering a renewal of talks but "based on the known territory which is in dispute".
Israel already pumps gas from huge offshore fields, while Lebanon has yet to find commercial gas reserves in its own waters.
Israel and Lebanon have agreed to a maritime border deal, which has been brokered by the United States and took 10 years to take final shape, is expected to create a win-win situation for the two countries. The maritime border became a contested one because of the two gas fields discovered in the waters shared by Israel and Lebanon.
Hezbollah said on Monday it had shot down an “Israeli drone” as it crossed the border with Lebanon, a week after a confrontation between the arch-foes.
The Israeli Army fired four stun grenades and 11 smoke and tear gas canisters at a group of motorcyclists celebrating Quds Day as they approached the Houla junction near the border fence separating Lebanon and Israel in southern Lebanon.
The United Nations peacekeeping force in southern Lebanon is calling on Israel and the Lebanese group Hizbollah to exercise restraint, after Hizbollah fired anti-tanks into an Israeli military base and Israel responded with heavy artillery fire.
Gibril kept the radical decision to slaughter his horses to himself, boiling the meat with rice, and giving it to his unwitting family and neighbours. Despite the necessity, he said he was still wary of their reaction. "No one knows they were in fact eating a horse."
Austria's association of autonomous women's shelters recorded 26 femicides last year and debate has raged in Austria and across Europe over the murder of women and girls, often at the hands of partners or ex-partners.
Sheikh Abdullah said that the grant to be provided by the UAE will be allocated to the Fisheries Funding Mechanism, the Enhanced Integrated Framework, and the Women Exporters in the Digital Economy Fund that will be launched during MC13.