Bush to sign legislation for U.S.-India nuclear deal


WASHINGTON — U.S. President George W. Bush was to sign legislation on Wednesday to enact a landmark U.S.-India nuclear deal, in a lavish ceremony to highlight how the pact helps usher in a new era in relations. Indian External Affairs Minister Pranab Mukherjee will make a surprise visit Friday to Washington so that he and US Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice can formally sign the accord itself, a senior US official said.

Bush and Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh signed the deal in July 2005, touching off a difficult battle with wary lawmakers on either side and critics who warn it undermines global efforts to curb the spread of nuclear know how.