Ms Maitlis questioned whether Britain would then be bartering for the release of Mrs Zaghari-Ratcliffe through “philanthropy”, which Ms Ashoori agreed with.
She continued: “Yeah like in humanitarian aid, and you know there are ways for this debt to be settled that is not just assets going to the Iranian Government.
“At the end of the day it is a debt that needs to be honoured, and for now if that means resulting in releasing hostages, then why not honour that to save some lives?
“Then review the policies that the Government has on arbitrary detention and hostage diplomacy to avoid these things happening in the future.
“Maybe by protecting their citizens in new policies where they can feel safe travelling to these countries.”