US, allies eye post-Gadhafi Libya

By MATTHEW LEE | June 9, 2011 | 4:44 AM EDT

Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton speaks with Abu Dhabi Crown Prince Sheik Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan during a meeting at the Emirates Palace Hotel in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, Thursday, June 9, 2011. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh, Pool)

ABU DHABI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — The coalition backing NATO's military mission in Libya is beginning to prepare for a post-Moammar Gadhafi (MOO'-ah-mar gah-DAH'-fee) era in the country.

Even as Gadhafi defies intensified diplomatic, economic and military pressure to step down, senior representatives from the U.S. and more than 30 other countries and groups are meeting Thursday in the United Arab Emirates to discuss what's next.

The officials, including U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton, hope to boost support for the Libyan opposition, which has been seeking broad international recognition and financial support with mixed results.

The U.S. on Wednesday said the first shipment of Libyan oil sold by the opposition Transitional National Council had been delivered to an American refinery. The U.S. is encouraging such sales to help the council assist the Libyan people.