The United States is close to an agreement with India on sharing civilian nuclear technology.
U.S. Undersecretary of State Nicholas Burns said Friday the agreement may be reached before President Bush travels to India in March.
Last July, Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh met with President Bush at the White House. After that meeting, President Bush said he would work to enable full cooperation on civilian nuclear energy - in return for India's commitment to open its nuclear sites to United Nations inspections.
U.S. law currently forbids the transfer of nuclear technology to countries, including India, that are not parties to the nuclear non-proliferation treaty.
Before an accord between India and the U.S. could take effect, the U.S. Congress and the 44-nation nuclear suppliers group, which seeks to prevent the proliferation of nuclear weapons by setting guidelines for nuclear exports, would have to approve it.