Indian Foreign Secretary Shyam Saran has met U.S. officials in Washington to discuss plans for President Bush to visit India early next year.
A State Department spokesman said Mr. Saran and Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice held talks Wednesday on the trip, which is aimed at boosting ties.
The White House has not released dates for the planned trip.
Ahead of Wednesday's talks, Mr. Saran expressed support for a civilian nuclear deal with the United States, but warned India would reject any changes to it.
The July proposal calls for India to separate the civilian and military operations of its nuclear program and agree to international inspections of civilian sites. In turn, the United States would sell nuclear equipment to India.
Some U.S. lawmakers have expressed concern at the agreement, which must be approved by Congress.