Geography Double Chain: Cities and Countries

Based on the clues, can you name these cities and the countries they are located in? The city and country columns are both chains, so the last letter of each answer is the first letter of the one below it.
Also try part 2!
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Last updated: November 12, 2021
First submittedJuly 27, 2021
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Clue
City
Country
Its Māori name is Tāmaki Makaurau
Auckland
New Zealand
African capital with the same name as its country
Djibouti
Djibouti
Home to the Shah Mosque at Naqsh-e Jahan Square
Isfahan
Iran
Capital on a river for which its country is named
Niamey
Niger
Named for Empress Catherine I
Yekaterinburg
Russia
Second in population to Yerevan
Gyumri
Armenia
Host of the 1964 and 1976 Winter Olympics
Innsbruck
Austria
Capital in the Hindu Kush
Kabul
Afghanistan
Birthplace of Rembrandt and home to its country's oldest university
Leiden
Netherlands
Cantonal capital whose name meant "new castle" in Old French
Neuchâtel
Switzerland
Its name is the grammatically singular form of a U.S. casino city
La Vega
Dominican Republic
Major seaport in the Atacama Desert
Antofagasta
Chile
Site of a great library in ancient times
Alexandria
Egypt
Holds a Guinness World Record for the highest density of white marble-clad buildings
Ashgabat
Turkmenistan
Fjordside city in Trøndelag at the mouth of the Nidelva
Trondheim
Norway
Red Sea port that gave its name to a coffee drink
Mocha
Yemen
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Level 74
Jul 27, 2021
Clever quiz. How long did it take you to devise the questions?
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Level 59
Jul 28, 2021
Thanks! It took quite a few drafts and dead ends over several days before I finally reached this arrangement. I'm working on a part 2, but I'm having to go pretty obscure to make it work, so we'll see how that one turns out!
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Level 84
Aug 2, 2021
That's cool. The countries are easier than the cities ^^.

Oh, could you accept Leyden please?

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Level 59
Aug 2, 2021
Sure, added Leyden as an accepted type-in!
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Level 65
Aug 2, 2021
Once again, I would like to thank John Oliver for teaching me about Gurganguly Berdimuhamedow.
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Level 73
Nov 11, 2021
Wow, this is so clever. Looks like it probably took a while to make and definitely looks super clean for all your effort