George W. Bush is set to sign into law Monday a bill that would allow shipments of civil nuclear fuel and technology to India in return for India's allowing safeguards at nuclear plants.
The administration has said that the landmark US-India nuclear cooperation bill reflects the growing importance of India as a partner and ally.
Congress overwhelmingly approved the nuclear bill on Dec. 9. It would allow shipments of fuel and technology for India's allowing safeguards and inspections at 14 civilian nuclear plants; eight military plants would be off-limits.
Bush's signature would change US law, but several steps remain before civil nuclear shipments could begin.