The leaders of Iraq, Egypt, Jordan and North Yemen signed an agreement Thursday joining their 80 million people in a new Arab economic bloc.

The official Iraqi news agency said Presidents Saddam Hussein of Iraq, Hosni Mubarak of Egypt and Ali Abdullah Saleh of North Yemen and Jordan's King Hussein signed the accord forming the Arab Cooperation Council (ACC).At the other end of the Arab world, the leaders of Morocco, Tunisia, Algeria and Libya were meeting in the ancient Moroccan city of Marrakesh to set up a Maghreb union stretching from the Atlantic to Libya's eastern border with Egypt.