The House Representative for American Samoa's Swains Island says he was very happy to make the island available as a proposed refuelling stop for helicopters from Tokelau.
Alex Jennings said Tokelau was keen to use Swains for refuelling as it was about the halfway point for a trip to Apia.
There had been considerable controversy surrounding the helicopter purchase and Tokelau's leader, Siopili Perez, said the helicopters will be sold off before being put into service.
Mr Jennings said he had always been interested in furthering relationships with Tokelau, and discussions between both territories had often included air services.
"Now when I was approached the transaction had already taken place, as far as the purchase [of the choppers] and I assumed all the plans were in place. I was actually in Texas when I received the email so when I got back I went to meet with them and not only did I agree I thought it would be, for economic and safety reasons, it would be a benefit to have Swains as a stop over," said Alex Jennings.