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The weak Emirati attendance at Tunisia 2020, Tunisia's investment conference held between Nov. 29 and 30, 2016, highlights the country's uneven relations across the Gulf.Overall, Tunisia 2020 looked like Qatar's response to the UAE-organized Egypt Economic and Development Conference in March 2015, which had allowed the UAE to expand its influence in that country.However, Qatar could still claim Tunisia as a foreign policy success – it had supported a country whose democratic transition seemed to work.On the pretext that the future of Tunisia's politics and security were too uncertain, it halted its investments in the country and gradually distanced itself diplomatically from Tunisia, a divide that peaked with the withdrawal of the Emirati ambassador to Tunis in September 2013 .Essebsi also visited to the UAE's client Abdel-Fattah al-Sisi, inviting him to visit Tunisia. The Emirati leadership was looking to move Tunisia into its own camp and away from Qatar's. Tunisia hopes to move away from being dependent on Qatar alone and has been courting the UAE in order to balance out this relationship.Riyadh already pledged $850 million during Tunisia 2020 after years of cold relations between the two countries.
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