The U.S. says negotiations on nuclear cooperation with India will continue even though the diplomat, Nicholas Burns, conducting the talks has left India without an agreement.
But President Bush's national security advisor, Stephen Hadley, said Friday there has been progress. Hadley said it would be nice to finalize the agreement before Mr. Bush travels to India next week, but if that does not happen, the U.S. will continue to negotiate after the trip.
Washington has offered to provide India with civilian nuclear technology, but wants to ensure New Delhi does not use the equipment for military purposes.
President Bush has said he wants to return from his trip with a deal on nuclear cooperation so he can start promoting it to the U.S. Congress, which must give its approval.
Some U.S. lawmakers oppose transferring nuclear technology to India, arguing that would undermine the Nuclear Non-Proliferation treaty, which India has not signed.