Rasoul Movahedian, the ambassador of the Islamic Republic of Iran, told The Scotsman that Scotland and Iran shared "similar views" on many issues, such as the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan and nuclear non-proliferation.
And he said there was "fertile ground" for a stronger relationship with the controversial government of Iran's president, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad.
"I think that Iran and Scotland enjoy similar views on many regional and international topics and issues," he said. "The views and the position of this present government of Scotland pleased many people in Iran and enabled us to make a distinction between Scotland and England.
Indeed, I bet the anti-imperialists were dancing gleefully, cans of Irn Bru in hand, down Tehran's Bobby Sands Street after the news of last May's election filtered through.
Not quite as sexy as Norway nor the Republic, nor Poland nor even (whisper it very quietly in earshot of the Holocaust Denier ) I.s.r.a.e.l. but hey, international recognition’s international recognition, isn’t it?
Play your cards right Alex, and they'll be naming a bus-shelter after you too soon.